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Second Conference of Ministers was held in Durban, South Africa on 3-7 September 2012. At the Conference, ministers reiterated the continued importance of CRVS for advancing Africa’s development agenda, including accelerating regional integration, achieving the priorities of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), creating an African Union strategic framework for pan-African socioeconomic development, and meeting the Millennium Development Goals. In their final declaration at the end of the Conference, the ministers noted: (a) The central role that CRVS play in governance and economic development; (b) The role of CRVS in improving access to basic services at all levels, including meeting the Millennium Development Goals; (c) The pervasive way in which CRVS impact individuals in their daily social, political and economic lives.
Among the key outcomes of the Durban Conference was, first, the endorsement of the Africa Programme on Accelerated Improvement of Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (APAI-CRVS), which provides a policy and programmatic framework for implementation of CRVS systems on the continent, and second, the decision that all countries will undertake comprehensive assessments of CRVS systems and prepare costed national plans irrespective of the state of development of their systems.