The scandal of invisibility
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa.;
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As Africa marks 50 years since the establishment of the Organization of African Unity and the Africa Union, a partnership between the African Union, the African Development Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and UN agencies is urging African Heads of State and Government to make effective civil registration and vital statistics systems a political priority. As the African Union seeks closer economic and social integration, modern registration systems that provide proof of legal identify and legal documentation will be a valuable contribution to facilitate the movement of people, opening of cross border trade and the transfer of skills and knowledge between nations. The Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics, initiated in 2010 jointly be the African Union, UNECA, AfDB and other UN partners namely UNICEF, UNFPA, UNHCR, WHO and HMN aims at working with governments to build fully functional and comprehensive CRVS systems through a more holistic approach that is built on strong legislative provisions, efficient operations and management systems within the given administrative and political structure of the country.