19 July 2007
On 22 May 2007, the Congress of Guatemala, by way of Decree No 31/2007, approved the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption. According to this act, the Convention will be part of the internal legal order of Guatemala as of 31 December 2007.
The Government and the Parliament of Guatemala have accepted the offer of assistance in the implementation of the Convention, which was proposed to them. This assistance will take place in two stages: i) in co-operation with a small international advisory group, composed by Colombia, Germany, Norway, Spain and the United States of America, the Permanent Bureau is providing Guatemala with guidance on legal matters, and specifically assist in the drafting of its adoption law. This first stage will include a series of informative sessions and workshops, to be held at the end of July in Guatemala and organized with UNICEF and the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs; ii) the Permanent Bureau, in co-operation with a group of Central Authorities which already met in 2003 on this subject, will offer technical assistance in respect of the general training of different actors of the child protection system.