The First Conference of African Ministers Responsible for Civil Registration was held from 13 to 14 August 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference was preceded by the preparatory meeting of experts, held from 10 to 12 August 2010 at the same venue. The three pan-African institutions with substantive statistical activities, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) were the lead agencies for coordinating and managing the organization of the conference, jointly with the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, in its capacity as host. The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Health Metrics Network (HMN) and other regional and international organizations all assisted in organizing the Conference.
In a landmark gathering, the Conference brought together over 40 African Ministers responsible for civil registration to discuss the status, challenges and future actions for reforming and improving civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. The Conference endorsed a resolution addressing strategic and policy issues on reforming and improving CRVS systems on the continent. The Conference also endorsed a medium-term regional plan to be implemented from 2010 to 2015 with interventions and activities to accelerate and improve CRVS systems on the continent.