'A well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system is the cornerstone of good, sustainable governance and is key to social and economic development. Universal civil registration ensures every person is officially counted, has access to legal identity and plays a critical role in monitoring progress toward meeting global commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Indeed, civil registration is the best source of data on vital events such as births, deaths, causes of death, and marriages. These vital statistics provide decision-makers with the critical information they need when crafting population, health and economic policies.
To help governments strengthen their CRVS systems, ESCAP and its development partners, including the Pacific Community and the global public health organization Vital Strategies, launched the CRVS Systems Improvement Framework on 28 April 2021. This new comprehensive tool will support countries in improving civil registration processes to register every birth, death, marriage and divorce.
Understanding the importance of CRVS systems in conferring a person’s legal identity and supporting decision-making, governments and development partners from Asia and the Pacific adopted the Ministerial Declaration to “Get Every One in the Picture.” They also proclaimed their shared vision that all people in Asia and the Pacific will benefit from universal and responsive CRVS systems. Finally, they declared the Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade, 2015-2024, as the time frame for achieving this vision.'