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.
SDD role in CRVS

Technical assistance for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in the Pacific is coordinated through the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) which is a coordination mechanism for the activities of the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG).

The basic approach of the PVSAP is to work with countries to undertake an assessment of their collection and reporting systems for births, deaths and causes-of-death. This Information is then used by countries to develop a multi-sectoral country-specific CRVS improvement plan. BAG supports countries in building capacity to enable efficient implementation of different components of the CRVS plan.

BAG’s technical assistance programme includes:

  1. Development of regional best practice guidelines and support to countries to subsequently implement these in areas such as legislation, data sharing, and IT systems;
  2. Creating awareness and promoting use of the UN principles and recommendations for civil registration and vital statistics systems;
  3. Capacity building on: 
    • Analysis and interpretation of civil registration data
    • Medical certification of causes of death
    • ICD coding of cause of death
  4. Providing platforms for knowledge and experience sharing through:
    • South to south collaboration
    • Thematic workshops
  5. Conducting research based on common issues identified through country assessments and regionals sectoral engagement.

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Manuals & Guidelines
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Recent Reports

  • Niue-Jun2019-Vital-Statistics
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  • Maintaining Civil Registration and Vital Statistics during the COVID-19 pandemic
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  • International Guidelines for certification and classification (codin) of Covid-19 as a cause of death
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  • Tenue de l'état civil et des statistiques de l'état civil pendant la pandémie de COVID-19
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  • CRVS Latest News

    Assistance to Pacific countries in continuing to operate during COVID-19 disruptions.

    April 23, 2020
    A message from Jeff Montgomery
    PCRN Chair, New Zealand Registrar-General

    SPC Elected as Chair of the Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) Group for 2020-21

    March 22, 2020
    The Statistics for Development Division is proud to announce that SPC has been elected unanimously as the Chair of the Global CRVS Group at a side event of the 2020 UN statistical Commission meeting in New York.

    Fertility Trends in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories

    July 19, 2019
    Data on fertility trends in PICTs are critical for addressing the current unmet need in family planning, and for improving maternal and neonatal health.

    Pacific Regional workshop on Legal Identity and Identity Security

    May 27, 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 that will be held in Noumea, New Caledonia on the 8th to 10th of July 2019.