A World Fit For Children Goal: Develop systems to ensure the registration of every child at or shortly after birth, and fulfill his or her right to acquire a name and a nationality, in accordance with national laws and relevant international instruments.
Nearly two out of three child births in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia go unregistered, according to international survey estimates from 2000-2008.
Around 51 million children born in 2007 have not been registered. Almost half of them live in South Asia. This estimate is based on 98 countries representing 68 per cent of the world population.
Birth registration represents the starting point for the recognition and protection of every child's fundamental right to identity and existence.
Children whose births are unregistered may not be able to claim the services and protections due to them on a full and equal basis with other children. Birth registration is crucial in the implementation of national policies and legislation establishing minimum ages for work, conscription and marriage. During emergencies, birth registration provides a basis for tracing separated and unaccompanied children.
Source: UN Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and other national surveys and vital registration systems, 2000-2008.