Asia-Pacific Population Journal

For over two decades, the Asia-Pacific Population Journal (APPJ) has been taking the pulse of population and social issues unfolding in the region. Published by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), APPJ brings out high quality, evidence-based and forward-looking articles relevant for population policies and programmes in Asia and the Pacific. Prominent population experts, award-winning demographers, as well as lesser known researchers have been contributing articles, documenting over the years the evolution of thinking in this important sphere.



The current status of civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems in Asia and the Pacific is described in this paper. Civil registration is an administrative system for recording the occurrence and characteristics of vital events (notably births and deaths). It provides individuals with the documentation needed to establish legal identity and family relationships, exercise civil rights, access services and participate in modern societies. In addition, records of vital events from civil registration are a key source of vital statistics on fertility and mortality, and they provide the backbone for efficient public administration.


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