About the conference

The international conference on innovations in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) systems was the fruit of a collaboration between the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  Our aim was to convene leading stakeholders from around the world to collectively identify and debate how best to harness the power of CRVS systems to meet global commitments to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The global agenda charts a course which relies on CRVS systems, in conjunction with other national data systems (such as health information and identity management systems), to deliver a stronger foundation for inclusive development and social protection. This conference intended to build on this momentum by bringing experts together (i.e. CRVS practitioners, experts from academia, UN Agencies, private sector and civil society, etc.) to explore the current status and use of innovations in CRVS in both developed and developing economies. The main objectives of this conference were to:

  1. Generate ‘current state’ knowledge about CRVS by exploring the current status and use of innovation in CRVS in developed and developing economies, providing a platform to experts for presenting their innovative and constructive ideas at international level.
  2. Prioritize ‘future state’ research and innovation needs for development into a Global 3-5 year workplan including necessary partnerships and capacity building approaches.


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