In 2007, authorities, institution representatives from 18 States of Latin American, indigenous and Afro-descendent leaders, along with civil and international organizations gathered in Asunción Paraguay to celebrate the First Latin American Regional Conference, on Birth Registration and the Right to Identity. The conference gave the opportunity to raise awareness among government and civil society actors, about the urgency to move forward to consolidate the Universal Birth Registration, strengthening countries’ alliance, encouraging networking, learning and experience sharing from a rights point of view.
In 2011, Panamá City hosted the Second Latin American Regional Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean on Identity Right and Universal Birth Registration; whose main goal was to reinforce the commitment of the countries in the region to achieve universal, free and timely birth registration for all boys and girls of the Americas by 2015, paying specific attention to the most marginalized and excluded boys and girls.
These conferences included, best practices and innovative experience sharing; horizontal cooperation strengthening among countries and intended alliances, to achieve the universal, free and timely birth registration; identifying the progress and challenges on the implementation of priorities and strategies, for the purpose of reviewing and producing, regional, subregional and national action plans with specific aims; priorities and detail schedules and designating responsibilities for this goal.
Main recommendations from the Second Regional Conference:
- Eliminate in every sector all the barriers of racial, ethnic or any other kind that limits the registration record. Adapt laws for their compliance.
- The national legislation must recognize that every girl and boy must be registered despite their parent’s migratory status.
- Every civil registry must join forces with social programs to achieve full inclusion and prevent obstacles in social services provision. To achieve this, it is essential that interinstitutional coordination and the social actors’ involvement, to encourage a greater commitment of all parties, from a rights approach.