Civil registration provides legal identity and helps protect human rights.

 

Civil registration is the routine recording of vital events such as births, deaths and marriages.

 

Vital statistics are the population data generated from civil registration and are essential for development and planning.

 

CRVS provides important information for monitoring health status and improving health in the Pacific Islands

 

The Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan aims to improve vital statistics in the Pacific region, and improve coordination between development partners

CRVS and Natural Disasters

SPC will be participating in the UNISDR Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Mexico this week. Effective CRVS systems play an important role in assisting countries to adequately plan for and respond to disasters, and it is important that CRVS systems are resilient enough to continue functioning in the event of a natural disaster. Pacific countries have had first-hand experience with this recently in responding to cyclones Pam and Winston, and have identified the role of CRVS in disasters as a regional priority. The Pacific Civil Registrars Network, with support from BAG partners, will be holding a workshop later in Fiji later in the year to assist countries assess their resilience and plan how to strengthen their CRVS systems capacity to respond during a natural disaster. For more information on CRVS for disaster planning and response – check out the new fact sheet available here:

pdfCRVS_and_natural_disasters.pdf

Brisbane Accord Group Partners

Secretariat of the Pacific Community
World Health Organization
University of Quensland
Th e University of New South Wales
Unicef
United Nations Population Fund
Queensland University of Technology
Pacific Health Information Network
Pacific Civil Registrars Network
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Fiji National University
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific