Pacific CRVS Background
As no one single agency is responsible for civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) in the Pacific Region, the Brisbane Accord Group (BAG) was established in 2010 to coordinate, facilitate and support investments in the region through collaborative activities.
Members of BAG currently include the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, UNFPA, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Pacific Health Information network (PHIN), the University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of New South Wales (UNSW), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the Pacific Civil Registrars Network (PCRN) and Fiji National University (FNU).
The Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan (PVSAP) 2011–2014 was developed by BAG partners to improve vital statistics in the Pacific region, and improve coordination between development partners.
The plan has been endorsed by the Heads of Planning and Statistics and the Pacific Ministers of Health, and sits under the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy, 2011–2020, to ensure CRVS is fully incorporated into regional statistical priorities.
The basic premise of the PVSAP is to work with countries to assess their collection and reporting systems for births, deaths, and causes of death, and develop a country-specific improvement plan. Partner agencies are then able to focus their support in a coordinated manner to meet countries’ needs.
More information on the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan and BAG is available here.
A broader regional Asia-Pacific approach to improving CRVS is also underway. Pacific Island Countries and Territories committed to a UN ESCAP Regional Action Plan on CRVS in 2013, and are anticipated to endorse a Regional Action Framework at a ministerial meeting in November 2014. The Regional Action Framework largely follows the same approach as the Pacific Vital Statistics Plan with the addition of specific improvement targets for each country. This high-level approach opens up additional opportunities for support and advocacy for CRVS for the Pacific.
Support to Pacific Island Countries and Territories under these broader regional programs will continue to be coordinated through the Brisbane Accord Group. Additional information on the UN ESCAP regional action framework can be found at: www.getinthepicture.org