Birth registration for every child by 2030

Are we on track?

Prashenjit is held by his mother Hoimanti Bhaumik, who is holding his birth registration card at Mirtinga Tea Estate in Maulavi Bazar, Sylhet, Bangladesh.


This publication presents the latest available country data and global and regional estimates of the number of unregistered children worldwide. It also assesses progress over time and presents evidence for the amount of investment that will be needed – at both global and regional levels – to achieve universal birth registration by 2030.

The publication draws from some 400 data sources spanning two decades. Its findings are intended to inform the development of related policies and programmes, and to raise awareness of the need for strengthened civil registration systems. These systems offer the most effective strategy to achieve universal birth registration so that every child has a legal identity.

To that end, the publication highlights UNICEF’s calls to action: to provide a birth certificate for every child; to empower and engage parents and communities; and to invest in innovative technological solutions facilitating birth registration.

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