Civil Registration Professionals of South Asia (CR8):
•CR stands for Civil Registration .
•The CR8 is a professional network of those who work with civil registration (civil Registration, that is, Non-Military Registration )
•CR8 is Civil Registration Professionals’ Group from 8 South Asian countries- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
•The network was formed in 2018 and has had two subsequent meetings , first 24 - 25 July,2018 in Kathmandu, Nepal and second 26 to 28 November 2019 in Maldives.
•The group is supported by the United Nations Children’s Fund Regional Office for South Asia (UNICEF ROSA) and
•The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).
Objectives of CR8:
The objectives includes:
(i)to collectively address common challenges to realizing the vision of the CRVS Decade.
(ii)to review areas of common interest, build bridges for future collaboration and share ideas for approaching complex CRVS issues.
(iii)to achieve universal civil registration and certification of vital events for all including birth, death and marriage as well as divorce and adoption.
(iv)to share information and resources, lessons learned and good practices, acknowledging the similar challenges faced by civil registration professionals across South Asia.
(v)to leave no one behind and ensure legal identity for all.
Vision of CR8:
•The network is built on the mutual understanding that civil registration professionals are key to reaching Asia and the Pacific’s shared vision that by 2024, all people in Asia and the Pacific will benefit from universal and responsive civil registration and vital statistics systems that facilitate the realization of their rights and support good governance, health and development.
•Globally, the importance of birth registration is underscored by its centrality to Sustainable Development Goal 16.9
, legal identity for all, including birth registration for all. This goal is measured by indicator 16.9.1: the proportion of children under 5 years of age whose births are registered with a civil authority.