Harnessing the power of civil registration and vital statistics systems

A doctor speaks to a woman with her baby in Afghanistan.

Graham Crouch/World Bank

Event date:
February 27, 2018 to February 28, 2018
150 Kent Street, 8th floor
Ottawa, ON
9:00am - 5:45pm

This conference will identify how best to harness the global momentum for strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Policy and practice experts from around the world will convene in Ottawa to explore new and emerging opportunities related to CRVS systems and to find solutions to real, practical challenges associated with reaching the most vulnerable populations.

Co-organized by the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organization, the event will examine the use of innovations in CRVS systems in both developed and developing economies. It will identify critical research and capacity needs that must be addressed to meet the world’s ambitious development targets. The discussions will culminate in a global work plan that prioritizes areas for investment over the next three to five years. The outcomes of the conference will be presented at the 49th session of the United Nations Statistical Commission in March 2018.

CRVS systems and the Sustainable Development Goals

The global agenda charts a course that relies on connecting civil registration with other national health information and identity management systems to produce reliable, real-time statistical evidence. Well-functioning CRVS systems also benefit individuals by equipping them with proof of civil status and legal identity to access public services and exercise their rights. These systems are essential to delivering inclusive development and social protection and to monitoring progress toward reaching the development goals. For example, Goal 16 refers specifically to providing legal identity for all, including birth registration. Across health-related Goal 3, vital statistics are needed to monitor key targets including reducing maternal, neonatal, and child deaths. Vital statistics can also be used to measure progress in other areas such as access to education, achieving gender equality, and reducing inequalities.

The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems is a global knowledge hub established with seed funding from Global Affairs Canada and IDRC.

Interested in participating?

Mark your calendars and join us via webcast on February 27 and 28, 2018. All are welcome to participate, and sessions will be webcast live in English and French. Due to space limitations, in-person participation is by invitation only.

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