African Governments urged to adopt Hague Conventions on Children

High officials, judges and other experts from States in the Southern and Eastern African Region call for closer inter-State co-operation to protect vulnerable children in cross-frontier situations, and support implementation of the Hague Children's Conventions and the Apostille Convention The Seminar on Cross-Frontier Child Protection in the Southern and Eastern African Region was held from 22 to...

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Information Note - Haiti earthquake and intercountry adoption of children

Information Note to States and Central Authorities Haiti earthquake and intercountry adoption of children The Secretariat of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the Hague Conference), noting with great concern the tragic situation in Haiti and the high number of children victims of the recent earthquake, would like to make the following information available to governments,...

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States strengthen co-operation on international child support

Press release  Representatives from over 50 States and the European Community have agreed on a number of practical measures and principles to promote and implement a new Convention on the recovery of international child support. The Special Commission of States, which concluded in The Hague today, heard that the European Community, as well as a number of States such as the...

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Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention soon to be in force for 81 States

After the signature and ratification by Greece on 2 September 2009, two more countries have joined the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption: Cape Verde (4 September 2009) and the Republic of Togo (12 October 2009). The Convention will enter into force for Cape Verde on 1 January 2010, for Togo on 1 February 2010. ...

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Greece signs and ratifies the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

On Wednesday 2 September 2009, the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption was signed and ratified by H.E. Mr Konstantinos Ioannis Rallis, Ambassador of Greece. Also attended the signing ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at The Hague, as representatives of the Hague Conference, Mr Hans van Loon, Secretary General,...

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Nepal signs Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention

On Tuesday 28 April 2009, the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption was signed by H.E. Mr Pramesh Kuman Hamal, Ambassador of Nepal to the Benelux and the European Communities. Mr Deepak Dhital, DCM/Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of Nepal, also attended the short ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague,...

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International Adoption Round Table in Kyiv

International Round Table "Intercountry Adoption in Ukraine: International Law Implementation Issues" On 6 and 7 November 2008, an international Round Table was co-organised in Kyiv by the Ministry of Ukraine for Family, Youth and Sports (State Department for Adoption and Protection of Children Rights) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (Project Co-ordinator in...

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First Guide to Good Practice for the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention published

The Permanent Bureau is pleased to announce the official publication of the 1st Guide to Good Practice for the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention: The Implementation and Operation of the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention: A Guide to Good Practice. A copy of the new Guide will be sent to all National Organs, Central Authorities and accredited bodies in September in either English...

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Colombani Report on Adoption

On 19 March 2008, Jean-Marie Colombani, former chairman and chief executive of Le Monde, delivered his Report on Adoption (Rapport sur l’adoption) to the French President, Mr Sarkozy. Mr Sarkozy had requested Mr Colombani in October 2007 to examine whether the procedures and administrative structures put in place in France were adequate, firstly to deal with adoption, and in particular...

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