Nineteen Latin American and Caribbean countries gathered from October 17 to 19 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, for the XV CLARCIEV Meeting, a forum for dialogue, debate, and exchange to continue improving the quality of civil registries and vital data in the region. Co-organized by the Civil Registry of Colombia and the Organization of American States with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the meeting was held under the central theme of «Registry and Identity: Pillars for the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean». Moreover, experts from the World Bank, the Vital Strategies initiative of the Bloomberg Foundation and the Sinergia organization participated in the meeting.
The meeting opened on Wednesday 17th with the General Assembly, closed for the member countries, and the presentation reports of the activities by Jorge Troya Fuertes, Presidente of CLARCIEV, followed by the five vice-presidencies represented by the directors of the civil registries of Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Chile. Also, the development of an interoperable data platform and a methodology for improving services towards citizens were presented. Subsequently, Chile was chosen as to host the XVI CLARCIEV Meeting and a reform to the statutes of the council was adopted.
The official opening ceremony took place in the afternoon, where Jozef Merkx of the UNHCR, Rebeca Omaña of the OAS, Jorge Troya, the president of CLARCIEV and Juan Carlos Galindo Vácha, National Registrar of Colombia and host of CLARCIEV 2018 welcomed the public to the meeting.
On the panels that took place on Thursday and Friday issues related to legal harmonization in contexts of mass migration, avoidance of the loss of nationality of vulnerable groups, the recognition of identification documents of LGTBI groups and the challenges of gender change were discussed. In addition, the virtual course on civil registration systems and vital statistics launched by the World Bank was presented. To round of the program, the Electoral Tribunal of Panama published the first CLARCIEV magazine in over half a decade and the public was introduced to the advances in the data exchange platform promoted by the civil registries of Costa Rica, Ecuador and Argentina.
On Friday 19th, Benjamin Roseth, specialist from the Inter-American Development Bank, presented the results of the report «Wait No More: Citizens, Red Tape, and Digital Government» that analyzes the shape and duration of procedures in the region. In this context, the importance of ID cards to carry out procedures and verify identity before state institutions was discussed.
Alejandro Linares Cantillo, President of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, explained which criteria were the bases for the Court’s rulings on the protection of vulnerable groups and LGTBI groups in the past.
The last panels provided concrete examples on the use of vital statistics, generated by civil registries, for effective design and implementation of public policies for safety of roads and food, among others. Lastly, the United Nations Refugee Agency presented a mechanism to monitor the elimination of statelessness in the region.
During the closing ceremony, the presidency was transferred to the newly elected president of CLARCIEV Juan Carlos Galindo Vácha, National Registrar of Civil Identity of Colombia for the period 2018-2020. In his closing speech, the new president emphasized that CLARCIEV «as the unique regional forum specialized in civil registration and identification» is an essential platform to continue guaranteeing the identity of millions of citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Information and presentation from the meeting is available here:
Interoperability Platform (Spanish)
Minute of the XV Meeting of CLARCIEV in Cartagena (Spanish)
Declaration of the XV Meeting of CLARCIEV in Cartagena (Spanish)
Agreements of the General Assembly (Spanish)
Amendmends of the Statutes of CLARCIEV (Spanish)
Working tables of the Vice-Presidencies
Technical Table Mexico (Spanish)
Technical Table Panama (Spanish)
Technical Table Chile (Spanish)
Virtual Community of CLARCIEV (Spanish)
Keynote: Wait No More: Citizens, Red Tape, and Digital Government – Benjamin Roseth (Spanish)
World Bank Course: Civil Registration and Vital Statistics System – Samuel Mills (Spanish)
Indicators of prevention, protection and resolution of statelessness – Ana Paola Murillo Nassar (Spanish)
Panel 4: Recognizing diversity – Policies and strategies for integral intervention (Spanish)
Panel 5: Maturity of Identification Systems (Spanish)