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ABC for Action and Advocacy - A note on universal birth registration

This informational Note for Action and Advocacy was written to support religious communities that wish to work with other sectors of society in promoting Universal Birth Registration.

01 January 2008

Nearly 80 per cent of the people in the world profess a religious belief and the vast majority of these faithful belong to an organized religion. Most major religions have a long tradition of celebrating the life cycle, particularly the birth of a child. This means that religious leaders are uniquely positioned as moral voices to lead a call to extend birth registration to all children. Religious communities5 can help raise awareness about the importance of birth registration, which is a first step in providing new-borns with a safe and healthy future.

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