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OAS Addresses Issues of Migration and Identification at the XI Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Civil Registration, Identity and Vital Statistics (CLARCIEV) in Panama City

  November 25, 2014

The XI Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Civil Registration, Identity and Vital Statistics (CLARCIEV), coordinated by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Civil Registry of the Electoral Tribunal of Panama, brought together representatives of 16 countries leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss progress in increasing registration in the region and successful experiences in delivering better services of registration and identification for all citizens.

The theme for the XI Meeting, managed by the Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA) within the OAS, was: “Identification in Regional Migration: A Latin American Challenge.” In the keynote address and panel discussions, participants heard presentations on migration trends in Latin America and the Caribbean as well as the problems faced by migrants who do not possess identity documents.

In the roundtable on “Current Challenges in Migration: The case of the Northern Triangle” representatives from the Civil Registries of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico suggested proposals to identify migrants, to link civil registries through the use of technology, to consult and validate biographical information at a regional level, and to promote campaigns that encourage registration and the building of human capital in the civil registries. In this regard, a proposal was made to carry out the agreements reached in the Inter- institutional Letter of Understanding between Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica, adapt internal rules for data validation, establish coordination between registries, implement a platform for international consultation, issue identity cards in English and facilitate the opening of registry office in customs locations, among other proposals.

For his part, Steven Griner, representing the OAS as the Executive Secretariat of CLARCIEV, informed participants about the work of the OAS during the current year and highlighted the examples of “El Salvador, Honduras and Paraguay, where 10 auxiliary civil registry offices of Hospital Registration have opened in direct coordination with the respective authorities. The commitment of all is to register all births in the Americas.”

Moreover, Griner stressed that “in the framework of the Registry Project in Border Areas between Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and Bolivia, PUICA developed and published the ‘Methodology for Registration and Awareness Campaigns in border areas’ where the stages that should be considered in the planning and execution of the project are laid out. The purpose of this tool is to serve as a guide to all civil registry institutions in the region that need to work with a low resource populations that live in border areas.”

During the Assembly of the CLARCIEV Member States the report from Peru as Chair was approved, as was that of PUICA/OAS as Executive Secretariat. Also, in the Assembly the new President and 5 vice- presidencies of the CLARCIEV were elected. The President for the period of 2014 - 2016 will be Rudy Leonel Gallardo Rosales, Executive Director of the National Registry of Persons (RENAP) in Guatemala, while Ecuador, Mexico, Honduras, Paraguay and Bolivia will serve as the 5 vice-presidencies. It was also determined in the Assembly that the XII Meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Council of Civil Registration, Identity and Vital Statistics will take place in Asuncion, Paraguay.

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Reference: E-512/14