Regional efforts to “Get Every One in the Picture” made significant progress this year when the 74th Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific passed ESCAP Resolution 74/8.
This is the report of the Pacific Civil Registrars Network Disaster Preparation and Response Workshop, organized on 2 to 4 October 2017, in Suva, Fiji.
This is one of the advocacy documents of the Fourth Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration held from 4 to 8 December 2017 in Nouakchott, Mauritania.
This research, the second of two case studies, explores coordination through the lens of civil registration and vital statistics, with particular reference to birth registration in Peru. It focuses on the role that coordination can play in making birth registration function effectively.
Civil registration is integral to the Indonesian government’s current poverty-reduction strategy, both for its ability to confer legal identity to citizens and as the principal source of the country’s vital statistics. Unfortunately, ownership of key civil registration documents, such as birth certificates and death certificates, remains exceptionally low, and governments are often unable to access timely, reliable, and comprehensive vital statistics.
Recognising the need for relevant actors to be trained in CRVS digitisation skills, based on the CRVS Digitisation Guidebook, Plan has developed a curriculum and materials that can be used by any partner wishing to train government partners in this area.
The workshop for selected National CRVS Focal Points is aimed at strengthening capacities for setting national targets and collecting, compiling and disseminating information on the targets of the Regional Action Framework. In addition, the workshop will equip National CRVS Focal Points to be champions of the regional CRVS initiative within their countries, thereby supporting the implementation of the Regional Action Framework. The workshop will also give Focal Points the tools to lead the process of developing national multisectoral CRVS strategies in their countries.
The purpose of this document is to serve as a guidance tool for producing vital statistics reports from civil registration systems. It is intended especially for countries that have little or no prior experience with preparing such reports. The tool may also serve as a standardized approach for continental and international reporting. It was prepared by Statistics Norway.
The scope of activities for this consultancy is to take forward and finalise a draft version of the CRVS tool-kit in consultation with a designated technical advisory group for the region. Also, the activities will include creating a program for a workshop to test the viability of the CRVS tool-kit in close collaboration with a Bali Process member state.
UN Statistics Division is organising a workshop on the Operation of Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems in East Asian countries from 13-17 November in Hanoi. Discussions will focus on the revised Handbook on Management and the new Guidelines for Evaluation.
In late November the Pacific Community (SPC) will be hosting a review/“train the trainers” meeting in Fiji on cause of death certification.
ODIHR has developed these guidelinesin answer to the growing number of requests for expertise and policy advice from participating States.
These guidelines provide a tool for practitioners, relevant authorities and political decision makers in OSCE participating States to use when assessing the efficiency of their national systems of population registration and, when necessary, reforming them.
The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) was established in 2010 to coordinate, facilitate and support investments in the region through collaborative activities.
Pacific Community (SPC) is hosting the 5th Regional Conference of Heads of Planning and Statistics (HOPS) .
An information paper on the importance of CRVS was given at the conference.
The event is organized by the Organization of American States, UNICEF, the Inter-American Development Bank, Plan International and Mexico’s National Register of Population and Personal Identification. Global experts, civil registry authorities from 26 countries, as well as members of the civil society will participate in the event and analyze strategies to achieve universal birth registration in the Americas by 2030, innovations in births registration, and the link between birth registration and access to social services among other subjects.
The African Union Commission, in collaboration with ECA, AfDB and other partners, is organizing the Fourth Conference of Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on the theme: ‘Accelerating a coordinated improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) for implementation and monitoring development in Africa: Review of progress and the way forward’. The meeting will be preceded by an Expert Group Meeting
The specific objectives include:
In 2014, at the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly, 194 Member States endorsed the Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths (Resolution WHA67.10), a road map of strategic actions to end preventable newborn mortality and stillbirths and contribute to reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. The Every Newborn Action Plan presents evidence-based solutions and sets out a clear path to 2020 with eight specific milestones for what needs to be done differently to greatly reduce mortality rates and improve maternal and newborn health by 2030.
Housed at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Centre of Excellence is a global resource hub that actively supports national efforts to develop, strengthen, and scale-up civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. Its role is to facilitate access to technical assistance, global standards and tools, evidence, and good practice.
United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is organizing a Technical Seminar on Legal Framework for Civil Registration, Vital Statistics and Identity Management Systems. The seminar will take place in Manila, Philippines, from 17 to 19 July 2017 and will be conducted in English.
The event is jointly organized by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management (KDI School) and the Ewha Womans University, in collaboration with the World Bank Group, to bring together high level experts and government officials to share and discuss the key prevailing issues in building system for CRVS and National Identity Management Systems as well as the launch of the CRVS eLearning course.
Improving national capacity, skills and knowledge is a critical component of any strategy to strengthen a CRVS system. As part of the D4H Initiative, six training courses are available, with more under development. These courses are currently only open to those countries enrolled as part of the D4H Initiative.
The National Strategic Plan aims to achieve a long-term vision for Cambodia — that every person has a legal identity. This will require building a modern, permanent, universal civil registration system (CRVS) that will generate reliable vital statistics and an integrated population identification system (IPIS). Building these systems will eliminate the necessity to develop parallel systems for population identification, thus ensuring the efficient use of resources. Cambodia is currently looking to revise their legislation related to CRVS and would welcome advice on this matter.
ESCAP will convene a regional workshop for countries who received small grants to support national CRVS improvement activities. The technical activities conducted by countries reflected their specific national priorities and were aligned with the Regional Action Framework for CRVS. Participants of the workshop will be representatives of the partner institutions from the 5 countries (Armenia, Bhutan, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati and the Philippines).
During the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics 24 – 28 November 2014, APO discussed ways of producing high quality evidence on health systems to inform policy makers, Knowledge Broker between researchers, development agencies and governments, Building capacity for health policy analyses and evidence based policy formation.
This material was presented at the Ministerial Conference on CRVS by Mr. Edward Duffus, Digital Birth Registration Manager, Plan International.
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