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Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA)

The OAS Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA by its Spanish acronym) supports Member States in their efforts to eradicate under-registration, in order to ensure recognition of the right to civil identity for all persons in the region. All PUICA activities are geared towards fulfilling the five objectives set forth in the Inter-American Program for Universal Civil Registry and the Right to Identity:

bullet Universalization and accessibility of civil registration and the right to identity
bullet Strengthening policies, public institutions and civil identity legislation
bullet Citizen participation and awareness
bullet Identification of best practices
bullet International and regional cooperation through the Latin America and Caribbean Council for Civil Registration, Identity and Vital Statistics (CLARCIEV by its Spanish acronym)

Since 2010, PUICA has implemented technical cooperation projects in 19 of the 34 OAS Member States in Central, South America and the Caribbean. As a result of PUICA’s support, more than 19 million birth certificates and identification cards has been issued. Current beneficiary countries include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras.