Funded by Global Affairs Canada and IDRC, its role is to facilitate access to technical assistance, global standards and tools, evidence, and good practice, with a strong commitment to gender equality.
Visit the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems website to access resources and learn more about our services.
Civil registration and vital statistics systems
The systematic reporting and registration of vital and civil events — including birth, death (and causes of death), marriage, and divorce — is critical for protecting human rights and improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health. Civil registration not only provides proof of legal identity, which facilitates access to essential services such as healthcare and education, but it also generates statistics that provide the crucial evidence that is needed to improve delivery of these social services and to save lives.
Despite their importance, CRVS systems are inadequate in many countries. The Centre of Excellence coordinates with existing national, regional, and international expert groups to actively promote and support comprehensive and sustainable CRVS systems. It generates, consolidates, and disseminates information, making key resources readily accessible through its electronic knowledge platform. It also facilitates the exchange of good practices and capacity strengthening and it brokers access to technical assistance for countries requesting more direct support.
Protecting women and girls
Women and girls still face many financial, cultural, and legal barriers to realizing the benefits of civil registration. The Centre of Excellence advocates for strong CRVS systems to monitor progress toward gender equality, and pursues a programming approach that is intentional about integrating gender analysis across all its activities. This ensures decision-makers have access to reliable data they can use for effective policymaking, long-term national planning, and progress monitoring, resulting in more effective services for all citizens.
Supporting the Global Financing Facility
The Centre of Excellence works in close collaboration with the Global Financing Facility, a key financing platform of the UN Secretary General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).
CRVS systems at a glance
This interview with Srdjan Mrkić, an expert at the United Nations Statistics Division, explains civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems and their importance.
The importance of registering births, marriages and deaths
Why register births, marriages, and deaths? Nadya Kassam, formerly with the United Nations Children’s Fund, provides the answers in this interview.