As Members and associate members prepare to set their own national targets for the CRVS Decade, ESCAP and partners have developed a set of guidelines to assist countries in this process.
Setting national targets depends entirely on the current situation, national ambition and capacity, and the resources that can be dedicated to establishing or improving CRVS systems. The guidelines highlight approaches and considerations that countries may take into account in order to set realistic goals. They are not intended to be prescriptive, but rather to point national stakeholders towards the pertinent issues and resources that can provide further guidance.
The purpose of the guidelines is to assist countries in the Asia and Pacific region with setting and monitoring their national targets relating to birth and death registration and legal documentation, and the production and dissemination of vital statistics under the Regional Action Framework. In addition to providing background and general considerations, the guidelines outline the methods of calculation, ideal levels and ranges, data sources, and the issues and considerations for each target and includes links to further resources as well as a glossary.
A second version of the Guidelines is currently under development.