Civil Registration in South Asia
Coordination, Connections and Collaboration
Civil registration is a policy priority for the countries of South Asia. The governments are committed to achieving complete birth registration and 80% death registration (SDG 16.9 and 17.19) and declared 2015-2024 the decade for civil registration and vital statistics. The Meeting of the Civil Registrars of South Asia held in 2018 discussed three common areas of concern— national coordination, cross-border collaboration, and the relationship between civil registration and civil identification. The participants recognized that (i) the interdependent nature of civil registration demands systematic and active coordination between the civil registration office and other agencies that benefit from the system. (ii) Cross-border collaboration is required to ensure universal registration to protect human rights and deliver better services. And (iii) the relationship between, and uniqueness of, civil registration and civil identification systems, as the institutional anchors for the verification and authentication of identities through the identity credentials they issue.