More than 135 million children in Asia-Pacific have not had their births registered, which can create barriers to obtaining a legal identity and being able to prove who and how old they are.

A new campaign from Plan International, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) seeks the voices of youth aged 15-24 in a survey to support the youth delegation to the Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) in Asia and the Pacific, which will be held in Bangkok from 24 to 28 November 2014.

The youth delegates will take part in their own special session at the United Nations during the conference to speak on a panel moderated by Alhendawi. They will also deliver their Youth Call To Action, which will complement the Regional Action Framework the governments will endorse during the week.

The youth survey will provide an opportunity for young people to share their experiences and priorities related to CRVS, to influence the deliberations of the Ministerial Conference and promote a dialogue about youth engagement in CRVS, and to contribute to the drafting of a youth declaration as a call to action for the Asian and Pacific CRVS Decade.

For more information about the youth delegation, visit the Plan International website. Participate in the survey here.