A global meeting on civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) took place in Addis Ababa from 28-29 April 2014, co-hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Bank Group, and sponsored by the Government of Canada Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss investment and acceleration of CRVS strengthening, building on the current regional and global momentum (see Agenda, Annex I). More specifically, the meeting’s objectives were to:
• Share and discuss four country case studies on CRVS, including an investment plan.
• Discuss and agree upon a broad global investment framework for CRVS strengthening in countries.
• Examine ways in which all partners can work together to accelerate country CRVS strengthening.
In preparation for the meeting, country CRVS case studies and investment plans were developed by Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Philippines. These provided the basis for in-depth discussions around country priorities and needs, and for an analysis of responsive and effective mechanisms and processes that development partners could support.