The Conference will be held under the theme “Promoting the use of civil registration and vital statistics in support of good governance in Africa”. The Conference will bring together African ministers responsible for civil registration, ministers of health, heads of national statistics offices, heads of civil registration offices, other senior government officials, representatives of regional and international organizations, United Nations agencies, United Nations country offices in Côte d’Ivoire and non-governmental organizations.
A three-day expert group meeting will take place from 9 to 11 February 2015, prior to the start of the ministerial segment of the Conference, to allow experts to engage in the preparation of draft resolutions and recommendations and other technical materials, which will be presented to the ministers.
The Conference is being convened as a follow-up to the first and second Conferences, which took place in August 2010 in Addis Ababa and in September 2012 in Durban, South Africa. At both Conferences, the participants noted that civil registration and vital statistics systems were a development imperative for Africa and recognized their fundamental role in promoting good governance and achieving the African regional integration agenda. The policy and programmatic guidance provided by ministers at the aforementioned Conferences have given a great deal of impetus to the implementation of the African Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics at the regional and national levels.
ECDPM’s Volker Hauck will participate in the expert group meeting.