Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) was established in 2010 to coordinate, facilitate and support investments in the region through collaborative activities. Members of BAG currently include the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, UNFPA, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Pacific Health Information network (PHIN), the University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of New South Wales (UNSW), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Pacific Civil Registrars Network (PCRN) and Fiji National University (FNU).
The Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) 2011–2014 was developed by BAG partners to improve vital statistics in the Pacific region, and improve coordination between development partners. More information on the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan and BAG is available here.
A broader regional Asia-Pacific approach to improving CRVS is also underway. Pacific Island Countries and Territories committed to a UN ESCAP Regional Action Plan on CRVS in 2013, and are anticipated to endorse a Regional Action Framework at a ministerial meeting in November 2014. The Regional Action Framework largely follows the same approach as the Pacific Vital Statistics Plan with the addition of specific improvement targets for each country. This high-level approach opens up additional opportunities for support and advocacy for CRVS for the Pacific. Additional information on the UN ESCAP regional action framework can be found at: www.getinthepicture.org