Civil Registration and Vital Statistics support (CRVS)

In an effort to improve Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems, Pacific countries and development partners have committed to the Action Plan for Pacific Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APPCRVS), which sits under the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy and the 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. Production of accurate, complete and timely vital statistics based on civil registration records.

Completeness of births and deaths registration

within 12 months of event 


SDD role in CRVS

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

The basic approach of the APPCRVS 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. Establishing mechanisms to develop country strategies. 
  2. Assessing CRVS across health, registry, planning and statistics.
  3. Supporting strategic plans that draw on the technical and financial resources of the Brisbane Accord Group.
  4. Improving legislation and processes, leverage changing technology and sustainably invest.
  5. Improving collaboration and coordination between agencies. 
  6. Strengthening capacity through training, mentoring and support. 
  7. Use of CRVS data as part of a national statistics system that supports policy development, advocacy, and research. 
  8. Sharing experiences and lessons learnt across the region and beyond; and build regional capacity in CRVS

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CRVS Latest News

‘Sans frontières’ births, deaths, marriages: Cross-agency, cross-border data-sharing advocated in SPC report

May 5, 2024
Landmark research on the potential to share news of births, deaths and other life events across national agencies and borders has been shared by the Pacific Community, charting a new frontier for civil registration and vital statistics ahead of a major conference in the field.

Cook Islands births, deaths, marriages should be recorded digitally, advocates SPC-led report

April 23, 2024
The Pacific Community (SPC) and Cook Islands government collaborated on this work with support from the Vital Strategies–Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Grants Program.

Pacific statistical research and ‘innovative experiments’ proposals sought by 26 April in SPC–World Bank initiative

April 18, 2024
Stakeholders in Pacific statistics and development are invited to put forward proposals for statistical innovation and research that seeks to improve welfare data collection and accessibility in the region, with financing for a range of projects available.

Monitoring and measuring population health

March 21, 2024
Accurate medical certification is important for understanding the health status of a population.

Key Workshops & Webinars

9th meeting of the Regional Steering Group for CRVS in Asia and the Pacific

10 May 2023 - 12 May 2023
​Concept NoteThe purpose of the meeting is to discuss progress to-date, prepare for the final review of the Asia Pacific CRVS Decade (2015-2024) and possible extension, and decide on future focus areas for the work of the Regional Steering Group.

Regional Workshop for Assessing Inequalities in Registration in Asia and the Pacific

08 May 2023 - 09 May 2023
The workshop provides an opportunity for countries which undertook an inequality assessment to share experiences and lessons learned with other countries, and to document best practices for other countries which may be interested in undertaking an inequality assessment in the future.

Regional Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) members meeting (2023)

23 Mar 2023 - 24 Mar 2023
The Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) is a consortium of agencies with a principal aim of coordinating partner support and maximizing investments made towards supporting the improvement of civil registration and vital statistics systems in Pacific Island countries and territories.

Pacific Civil Registrars Network (PCRN) Meeting (2023)

20 Mar 2023 - 22 Mar 2023
The Pacific Civil Registrars Network (PCRN) was created in 2014.

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