Statement by Mr. KE Yousheng, Permanent Representative of China to ESCAP on the Second Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia and the Pacific
2021-11-22 17:40

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

Ladies and gentlemen, 

Since the first Ministerial Conference on CRVS, Asia-Pacific countries have made positive progress in their endeavor to advance the implementation of the shared vision on CRVS. China appreciates the support provided by the Regional Steering Group for CRVS and the ESCAP Secretariat.

As the most populous country in the world, China has established a sound CRVS system after years of unremitting efforts. This system has provided accurate data for the Chinese government to formulate policies and provide basic public services; it has also provided solid support for more effective implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In 2020, China conducted the seventh national population census as scheduled despite the COVID-19 pandemic. I’d like to share some of the progress made and experiences gained by China in the implementation of the shared vision.

First, strong emphasis on the shared vision through continuous investment. The Communist Party of China and the Chinese government are committed to improving people's living standard and increasing investment in CRVS and other livelihood areas. Under the strong leadership of the central government, and with effective support by  subnational authorities, rigorous implementation by  front-line workers and active cooperation of the public, work on CRVS is advancing in a systematic and orderly way.

Second, clear division of labor, excellent coordination and collaboration among relevant ministries. In China, data on CRVS are currently scattered over different ministries, but there is a clear division of labor among them, with  National Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Civil Affairs, National Health Commission and Ministry of Education performing their respective duties. At the same time, China has continued to improve national coordination mechanisms so as to coordinate population registration and development better.

Third, scientific, safe and efficient use of information technology. China has established a platform for the integrated application of population data and the national  population basic database to achieve connectivity, dynamic update and comprehensive integration of data while implementing strict management of statistical data to ensure personal privacy and information security.

Fourth, international cooperation for common progress. Over the past few years, China has carried out a series of cooperation with participating countries to the Belt and Road Initiative as well as United Nations Population Division and UNFPA, and has made positive progress in facilitating capacity building on CRVS in developing countries through South-South cooperation.

Ladies and gentlemen:

Midway through the Decade, the Asia-Pacific region still faces many challenges in achieving the shared vision. The COVID-19 pandemic is still spreading, thus all countries need to strengthen unity and cooperation.

First, enhance international cooperation through the ESCAP platform. Countries of the region can use this platform for experience sharing, capacity building and project cooperation to strengthen national CRVS systems in accordance with national circumstances, development needs and priorities of each country. 

Second, integrate relevant ministries and improve top-level design. CRVS involves multiple ministries, therefore it’s important to improve top-level design at the national level to ensure coordination among various ministries while engaging the entire society and ensuring adequate financial support.

Third, enhance the resilience and professional competence of CRVS. Capacity-building can help us cope with various crises by improving the professional skills of civil registrars and increasing the abilities of statisticians to process and integrate data.

China stands ready to work with countries of the region on the development of CRVS systems, strive towards the shared vision, and accelerate post-pandemic recovery and implementation of the 2030 Agenda in a concerted effort to shape a community of shared future for mankind where no one is left behind.

Thank you for your attention.