Civil Registration and Vital Statistics support (CRVS)

Civil registration is the process through which governments maintain a record of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events (such as births and deaths) within country. Through birth registration and the issuance of a birth certificate, civil registration establishes an individual’s legal identity, which is a fundamental human right that facilitates the realisation of other critical human and civil rights. Death registration provides the legal closure of an individual’s legal identity and is equally critical in facilitating the realisation of important rights. Civil registration provides governments with routine demographic and health data, needed for administrative planning. It is recognised by the United Nations to be the most reliable source of Vital Statistics.

In an effort to improve Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems, Pacific countries have committed to the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan, which sits under the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy and to Asia and Pacific decade for CRVS (2014–2024) and the corresponding regional action framework. Within these frameworks, countries endeavour to achieve three main goals:

  1. Universal registration of births and deaths (including causes of death);
  2. Provision of legal documentation (birth and death certificates) on all vital events registered and;
  3. To produce accurate, complete and timely vital statistics based on civil registration records.

CRVS Latest News

Knowledge Series 1 - Population registers: Definitions and conceptual framework

May 4, 2021
Population registers are recognised for their dual role of providing critical information about the civil status of individuals within a population. In the Pacific, to the extent known bySPC, there is no evidence of a country that implements a functional population register.

Tonga Vital Statistics Report 2013-2018

April 15, 2021
The report covers vital events (births and deaths) and causes of death for Tonga for the period 2013 to 2018.

Mitigating the Impact of Natural Hazards on CRVS Systems: The Case of Vanuatu

April 8, 2021
This paper draws on Vanuatu’s experiences to discuss the importance of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems and the challenges faced when these systems are implemented during disasters and emergencies. The paper also discusses key strategies to mitigate the impact of disasters on CRVS systems.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on operations of national civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems 2020

March 22, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted on the ability of governments to maintain services and routine functions, including the operation of national civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems.

Key Workshops & Webinars

Webinars on COVID-19 impact on civil registration and vital statistics

18 May 2020 - 20 May 2020
​Webinars on COVID-19 impact on civil registration and vital statistics are organized in order to address (a) international standards for civil registration and vital statistics and their implementation in countries/areas; (b) impact on the operations and maintenance of civil registration and production of vital statistics in the time of COVID-19 pandemic; (c) short- and long-term consequences on registration of vital events due to the pandemic, and (d) beyond COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring universal civil registration of all vital events and production of comprehensive, reliable and regular vital statistics.

Pacific Regional Workshop on Legal Identity and Identity Security

08 Jul 2019 - 10 Jul 2019
The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) in collaboration with the Public Health division of the Pacific Community (SPC) is organising a regional workshop on Legal Identity and Identity Security.

Sub-regional training on medical certification of causes of death

05 Dec 2018 - 07 Dec 2018
​The Brisbane Accord Group is organising a sub-regional training for doctors on medical certification of causes-of-death.

Data analysis and report writing workshop

21 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
​Objectives: strengthening  the capacity of countries in the analysis of administrative data generated from civil registration systems with an objective of providing evidence on the performance of civil registration systems and; making this data available for policy and planning (where it meets a sufficient level of quality and completeness).

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