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Innovations conference

Innovative and sustainable CRVS systems, integrated with health and national identity (ID) systems, are powerful drivers for more inclusive economies and a broad range of future development benefits. Held February 27 to 28, 2018 in Ottawa, Canada, the two-day CRVS Innovations Conference convened participants from across sectors, disciplines, and regions to identify how best to harness the global momentum for strengthening CRVS systems to meet commitments to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Coorganized by the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the event gave space for policy and practice experts to share innovative ideas for strengthening CRVS systems, and to identify critical research and capacity needs to address pressing challenges.

We invite you to watch, listen to and share the conference recordings. For more information, please read the conference background paper and visit the conference website

In this video, high level guests discuss the global significance of CRVS systems, and their importance for the 2030 sustainable development agenda. Speakers are Christopher MacLennan, Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada, Jean Lebel, IDRC, John Grove, WHO; Anil Arora, Statistics Canada; Haishan Fu, World Bank; Srdjan Mrkic, UNSD; Alexandre Marie Yomo, Cameron; and Jaime Balunde Guta, Mozambique.
This video discusses how CRVS systems, in conjunction with other systems, build the backbone of inclusive development through facilitating citizen participation, access to government services such as health and social protection, supporting social protection, and creating opportunities for all segments of the population. Featuring Oliver Chinganya, UNECA (moderator); Jonathan Marskell, World Bank; Amitabh Suthar, US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention; Laetitia Bazzi-Veil, UNICEF Senegal; Kristen Wenz, UNICEF HQ; Rikke Munk Hansen, UNESCAP.
While the focus for recent CRVS activity and momentum has been on improvement of data and systems, equal attention needs to be placed on generating demand. This video discusses the barriers and challenges for demand through human-centered interaction with CRVS systems. Featuring Raj Mitra, Independent Consultant (moderator); Vibeke Nielsen, Statistics Norway; Gloria Mathenge, Pacific Community; Bhaskar Mishra, UNICEF Tanzania and Ashfaqul Amin Mukut, Government of Bangladesh.
This video highlights the problems countries face registering the life events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, for example – of those in emergency situations. Panelists provide good practical examples of how to address this challenge using human-centred approaches. Speakers are Mirkka Mattila, UNICEF WCARO (moderator); Marwan Khawaja, UNESCWA; Dimitri Sanga, UNECA sub-regional office for West Africa; Nicholas Oakeshott, UNHCR; and Fodé Oumar Touré, Guinea.
CRVS systems play a critical role in supporting social protection including, bridging the gap for the most vulnerable, and distributing the dividends of increased prosperity fairly across society. Good governance is an important element of CRVS systems for social protection. It underpins several of the core benefits of civil registration systems, including access to services. Presenters are Mia Harbitz, Independent Consultant (moderator); Andrei Gheorghe, Ministry of Justice, Romania; Ivan Arcos Axt, Policy Advisor to the Minister General Secretary of the Presidency, Chile; Anette Bayer Forsingdal, Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration, Namibia; and Arjan de Haan; IDRC.
Sustainable Development Goal 16.9 is to provide legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030. Yet, 1.1 billion people worldwide are unable to prove their legal identity, and thus lack access to social services including health care, education, social protection, and finance. This video provides a global overview of basic principles to achieving integration between civil registration and civil identity systems, to close the invisibility gap and reduce inequities. Featuring Samuel Mills, World Bank Group (moderator); Sanjay Dharwadker, WCC Consulting EMEA; Nasser Jeeanody, Ministry of Health, Mauritius; Minah Kang, Ewha Woman’s University, Korea; and Martina Zorko-Kodelja, Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia.
Death registration, unlike birth registration is not enshrined in international human rights laws. The implication of this is key, particularly for women and other vulnerable groups in disaster and post-conflict settings. The video discusses the importance of a holistic approach in developing legal frameworks for the civil registration, vital statistics and identity management systems. Featuring Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (moderator); Srdjan Mrkić, UNSD; Philip Setel, Vital Strategies; Claire Brolan, University of Toronto; and Zoran Đoković, OSCE-ODIHR.
Well-functioning CRVS systems have direct benefits for individuals and for policy-making processes that use vital statistics, but also contribute to improved population health outcomes. This video highlights case examples of how the health sector can contribute to improving CRVS systems. Featuring Anshu Banerjee, WHO and Debra Jackson, UNICEF (moderators); Debra Jackson, UNICEF; Maletela Tuoane-Nkhasi, Global Financing Facility, World Bank; Boonchai Kijsanayotin, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand; Bhaskar Mishra, UNICEF Tanzania; Kathryn Banke, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Sana Naffa, IDRC.
This video highlights several important aspects of CRVS systems improvements, and presents experiences from countries and partners in implementing and using a vital statistics system. Speakers include Srdjan Mrkić, UNSD; Ani Mkhitaryan, Ministry of Justice, Republic of Armenia; Omrana Pasha, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Romesh Silva, UNFPA; Josie B. Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; and Vibeke Nielsen, Statistics Norway.
This video features case studies and country examples illustrating how new technologies are being used to bring identity and economic opportunities to the poorest and most vulnerable communities. Speakers are Martin Bratschi, Vital Strategies; Murodillo Latifov, Independent Management Consultant; Jane Thomason, Abt Australia; Claudine Henry-Anguna, Cook Islands; and Dakota Gruener, ID2020.
This video highlights key take aways on the importance of CRVS systems for inclusive development and social protection in the context of the 2030 sustainable development agenda.
Moderated by Dimitri Sanga (UNECA sub-regional office for West Africa), this high level plenary session discusses the challenges of registering vital events and securing identity documents in conflict and emergency situations, particularly for women and girls. Speakers include Cornelius Williams, UNICEF; Shaida Badiee, Open Data Watch; Rikke Munk Hansen, UNESCAP; Oliver Chinganya, UNECA; Josie B. Perez, Philippine Statistics Authority; Jean-Louis Ville, European Commission and Anir Chowdhury, Prime Minister's Office, Government of Bangladesh.
In this video, participants discuss strategic areas of interest and agree on priorities for further development, through the conference declaration. WHO and UNICEF announce a new partnership to strengthen CRVS systems.