15 June 2009
The Francophone Seminar on the 1993 Adoption Convention, organised by the Hague Conference on Private International Law in partnership with the French Institute of the Netherlands and the Organisation internationale de la francophonie (International Organization of the Francophonie), and the Governments of Belgium (French-speaking community), Canada, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland, took place in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 22-26 June 2009.
The aim of the seminar was to bring together experts and judges of different French-speaking countries, in order to promote a good understanding of the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, to study the implementation of the Convention in these countries and to examine the responsibilities of receiving countries to assist in resolving certain problems.
The invited countries are Countries of origin which are Parties to the Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention (Burkina Faso, Burundi, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius and Seychelles) and Countries of origin which have shown an interest to become a Party (Haiti, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo et Viet Nam). Furthermore, French-speaking experts from Belgium, Canada, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland as well as experts from other international organisations and non-governmental organisations were invited.