Asia-Pacif?ic government?s declare decade of action to achieve universal civil registrati?on – Ministers commit to ?Getting every one in the picture

Bangkok? (ESCAP? News)? –? Asia-Pacific countries embarked on an ambitiousagenda? today to accelerate and focus efforts to improve civil registration?and vital statistics (CRVS) systems at a Ministerial Conference convened bythe? United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(ESCAP).

The? Ministerial? Conference? on? Civil? Registration? and Vital Statistics(CRVS)? in? Asia? and the Pacific adopted a Ministerial Declaration to ?Get?every? one? in? the? picture?? and? proclaimed? the ?Asian and Pacific CRVS?Decade? for 2015-2024. To implement the declaration, governments endorsed a?regional? action? framework? of goals and nationally-set time-bound targets?for? civil? registration? coverage,? issuance? of? legal? documentation and?production of vital statistics by 2024.

?The? declaration? we? have forged today affirms our shared vision that, by?2024,? we? will:? achieve? universal? registration? of all key life events;?provide all people with legal proof of identity; and use these registration?records? to? produce? and? openly share accurate, complete and timely vital?statistics,?? ? ?said? ? ?Dr.? ? ?Shamshad? ? ?Akhtar,? ? United? ? Nations?Under-Secretary-General? and? ESCAP? Executive? Secretary,? speaking at the?closing ceremony.

?Our job now, is to work together in partnership and solidarity. To realize?the? dreams? of? millions of people in our region who want a legal identity?and seek a better future.?

Currently 36 countries in the Asia-Pacific region do not possess universal?and responsive civil registration and vital statistics systems that meet?international standards. 135 million children under the age of 5?have not had their birth registered. Without birth registration, a child’s
access to education, health care and social security may be hampered.?Without proper recording of causes of death, governments are unable to
respond to the health service needs of the public. Today, governments took?a giant leap to address these issues forging high-level political
commitment for the improvement of CRVS systems in the region.

The? Ministerial? declaration? outlines? the? commitment? of governments to?achieve? a? shared vision that, by 2024, all people in Asia and the Pacific?will benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems that facilitate the?realization? of? their? rights? and? support? good? governance,? health and?development.

?The? right? to? be recognized as a person before the law is an inalienable?human? right. Civil registration captures the events that mark the cycle of?life? and? is an indispensable source of information to formulate effective?policies? and? promote? good? governance,? said Ms. Nobuko Horibe, Regional?Director? for? Asia and the Pacific, UNFPA in her closing remarks on behalf?of co-organisers.

?As? development? partners,? we? stand? committed? to? support the national?efforts? needed? to ensure that universal and responsive civil registration?and vital statistics systems are in place in all countries in the region by

The? regional? action? framework? aims to accelerate and focus the combined?efforts of governments and development partners to improve CRVS in Asia and?the? Pacific? and? contains? key? principles,? regional? goals and national?targets,? action? areas? and? implementation? steps.? This? also includes a?governance? mechanism for its implementation and the long-term architecture?for civil registration and vital statistics in Asia and the Pacific.

Youth? ?voices? ?featured? ?prominently? ?at? the? conference,? with? youth?participants? ?presenting? ?a? Youth? Call? to? Action? to? complement? the
Ministerial Declaration and the Regional Action Framework which will inform?youth work on CRVS in the future.

?It is the first time that youth voices and opinions about CRVS have been?brought to a Ministerial Conference,? said Nigel Chapman, Plan
International CEO. ?We want them to be heard and we want them to be part of?producing changes on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific to ensure everyone gets?in the picture by 2024.?

The? Conference was co-organized by ESCAP, UNICEF, UNDP, UNHCR, UNFPA, WHO,?ADB? and? Plan? International,? in? collaboration? with the Partnership for?Maternal,? Newborn and Child Health, the World Bank Group, the Asia Pacific?Observatory? on Health Systems and Policies, the Partnership for Statistics?Development? in? the 21st Century (PARIS21), the Secretariat of the Pacific?Community and World Vision.

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