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Global CRVS efforts

In September 2015, United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) universally apply to all, and countries around the world are establishing national frameworks to achieve them. Timely data collection based on well-functioning CRVS systems is key for monitoring SDG progress.

International partnerships

A number of international and regional organizations have come together to create the Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Group. Together, we are forging stronger alliances to support national CRVS systems by collaborating on initiatives and regularly exchanging information. We are working to implement the Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Scaling Up Investment Plan

Our group’s goal? To contribute to the universal civil registration of births, deaths, marriages, and other vital events, and access to legal proof of registration for all individuals by 2030. This calls for

  • strengthening national institutions
  • establishing and updating international standards and tools
  • building the evidence base with implementation research

For a list of development partners with mandates and activities to support CRVS systems strengthening, see the Global Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Group membership.

CRVS for global health

The international health community recognizes the important role that CRVS systems play in identifying priority health needs. They also provide the tools to measure the results of health investments.

The Global Financing Facility, housed at the World Bank, is helping countries mobilize financing from public and private sources to improve health outcomes. It encourages CRVS systems strengthening so that countries can benefit from reliable, accurate, real-time data at the lowest administrative level.

The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems is a strategic partner, helping developing countries leverage the support of the Global Financing Facility. We offer advice and guidance to eligible countries to plan, develop, and implement CRVS priorities within the framework of reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health investment cases.

A woman sits with her child on a hospital bed while a nurse reviews information in her chart
Photo credit: World Bank/Chhor Sokunthea
A civil registration and vital statistics system is one that connects relevant data from the civil registry and the health information system for the purpose of producing vital statistics. The Global Financing Facility recognizes the important role that CRVS systems play in planning and monitoring health improvements.