Since 2012, the European Union and Unicef have joined forces to support the Government of Niger in strengthening its civil registration system: every birth, regardless of the place of residence and the social situation of the parents, must be declared and every child should have a birth certificate.
To consolidate the achievements and to modernise the birth registration system in Niger, the EU has reiterated its financial commitment and extended its partnership with UNICEF in favor of the civil status of Niger by providing more support for the period 2017-2020 through the financing of a Support Programme for the Reform of Civil Status (PAREC).
One year after its start and according to schedule, the revision process of the texts that govern the civil status ended.
The reform of the legislative framework constituted the first important step of the Support Programme for the Reform of Civil Status. The aim was to validate the revision of the texts of the National Civil Status Policy, the Civil Status Law and its implementing decree.
The official delivery of these revised texts took place on January 22, 2019. At an official ceremony, the head of the delegation and the representative of UNICEF presented the texts to the Minister of the Interior in the presence of the civil state authorities.
During the project implementation phase, nearly 3 million children will have a birth certificate issued on time. The other categories of the population will also obtain their civil documents and will therefore benefit from all the rights related to them.