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Workshop to Review 5-year Implementation of the Viet Nam National Action Programme on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, 2017-2024

Ha Noi, 23 November 2021 - Civil registration and vital statistics are critical for state functions. In Viet Nam, the National Action Programme on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) (which was approved by the Prime Minister in Decision No. 101/QD-TTg dated 23 January 2017) has been implemented since 2017 in line with the Law on Civil Status.

 

After 5 years of implementating the National Action Programme on CRVS, many policies on the protection of people’s rights have been developed through CRVS. The digital application for CRVS registration and management also started on 1 January 2016 to increase efficiency in the CRVS system. To date, the national CRVS recorded 21,199,519 birth registration cases, of which 6,467,917 were birth registration and personal identity issuance; 4,238,553 cases of marriage registration; and 3,001,464 cases of death registration. Through e-birth registration, 2,706,122 newsborns have received both birth certificates and health insurance.

 

The National Action Programme on CRVS for the 2017-2024 period emphasizes that it is important to ensure all people, including Vietnamese citizens and foreigners residing in Viet Nam, as well as Vietnamese citizens living abroad, are provided with civil registration documents (particularly Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates) with the contents and information which are complied to international standards.

 

The National Action Programme aims at fulfilling the Government’s international commitments at the first Ministerial Conference on CRVS in Asia and the Pacific held by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok, Thailand in November 2014. Viet Nam committed to developing a modern and progressive CRVS system to provide vital data for every individuals and for evidence-based public policy-making. This is critical for Viet Nam to achieve Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

 

After 5 years of implementing the National Action Programme, Viet Nam has achieved encouraging results: (a) finalization of legal documents, (b) gradual modernization of CRVS, and (c) promotion of online civil registration. The development of the national e-database on vital status and the shared software for CRVS registration and management have contributed to improving CRVS management and evidence-based policy making. Viet Nam’s annual birth registration rate has increased steadily and achieved the target set out by the National Action Programme (98.8% as reported by the 2019 Population and Housing Census).

 

However, Viet Nam still encounters many challenges in achieving other targets set under the National Action Programme. The low rate of death registration and other vital statistics need to be improved. It is essential to promote stronger collaboration between relevant ministries and sectors as well as agencies at all levels in implementating the National Action Programme on CRVS, especially sharing and providing high-quality civil registration information, thus facilitating evidence-based policymaking.

 

In addition, it is necessary to further improve the business process of CRVS  and the model of civil status registration agencies. These are among the important tasks set under the National Action Programme on CRVS, which will lay a foundation for the recognition and protection of civil rights, effective planning and budgeting of policies on health, social protection, education, population, and human rights at the national and sub-national levels, and measuring the impacts of public programmes and projects.

 

In this context, today, the Ministry of Justice held the “Workshop on the Review of the 5-year Implementation of the Viet Nam National Action Programme on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, 2017-2024” in Ha Noi, which was virtually connected to 29 locations of provinces and cities across the country. The Workshop will propose possible solutions to accelerate the implementation of the National Action Programe to achieve the goals set by 2024.

 

The workshop was funded by UNFPA in partnership with Vital Strategies through the Bloomberg Philanthropies’s “Data for Health Initiative” to improve Viet Nam’s CRVS system at national and subnational levels. The partnership is to support the Civil Registration, Nationality, Attestation Department of the Ministry of Justice to improve the CRVS business process for birth and death registration, pilot an innovative model on birth and death registration, review and recommend  further strengthening of the CRVS legal framework, and improve collaboration among relevant ministries in sharing CRVS data to be used for policymaking.

 

For more information, please contact:

Civil Registration, Nationality and Attestation Department  - Ministry of Justice

58-60 Tran Phu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Email:  htqtct@moj.gov.vn      | Tel: 0462739489, 0462739498

 

United Nations Population Funds - UNFPA

Ms. Dinh Thu Huong | UNFPA Communications Officer

Email:  dhuong@unfpa.org | Tel: 0913301539