Civil registration and vital statistics play a key role in facilitating the monitoring of progress in the SDGs where they serve as a denominator for a wide range of demographic goals and indicators. These statistics are a source of continuous and up-to-date information on birth, death and population statistics. Arab countries have civil registration systems, but some are unable to produce vital statistics according to international standards and recommendations. This is largely due to incomplete or insufficient registration, limited capacity in some countries, as well as recent and ongoing conflicts and other emergencies in others.
However, in light of the regional preliminary assessments and in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, there is still a need for a coordinated effort to improve civil registration and vital statistics systems in the Arab region. Member States have requested international and regional organizations to resume technical support and improve coordination between agencies at country levels in this area.
In this context, ESCWA’s Cluster on Statistics, the Information Society and Technology, in coordination and cooperation with the Center of Excellence for Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems of the Canadian International Development Research Center (IDRC) and WHO Regional Office, is organizing a virtual workshop on developing a strategic framework on civil registration systems and vital statistics for the period (2021-2025) in the Arab countries on 14 June and 7 July 2021.
Based on the outcomes of the workshop’s first day, the second day of the workshop aims to present the framework of the regional strategy plan for the development of civil registries and vital statistics in the Arab countries and to discuss ways and scenarios for their implementation.