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CCCWA Representative Attended and Reported on the 4th Meeting of the Special Commission of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

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The 4th meeting of the Special Commission of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) was held at Hague, the Netherlands from the 8th to the 12th of June. Over 300 delegates from more than 70 governmental departments, non-governmental organizations, scientific groups and regional organizations attended this conference. Invited by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the Chinese delegation led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the conference. Related officer from the International Cooperation Department of CCCWA attended the meeting as a delegate.

The conference mainly discussed the practical experience and challenges brought by the 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of intercountry adoption (referred to as the Hague Convention) to each member state after 20 years of implementation. A series of issues such as current situation of intercountry adoption, influence of implementing the Hague convention for twenty years, implementing experience of the Subsidiarity Principle, achievements and challenges, special needs children in intercountry adoption, post-adoption services, globalization and mobility, cooperation among countries, related problems of adoption procedures, financial issues, and preventions and solutions on illegal behaviors in intercountry adoption have been discussed and communicated through keynote addresses, free speeches, round table discussions and panels. Representative from CCCWA was invited to give a speech on the practices and challenges of the Subsidiarity Principle in China, which was highly appreciated by other delegates. Chinese delegation took an active part in the discussion and introduced good experience in China’s intercountry adoption. In the final discussion, all delegates adopted with unanimous consent the conclusions and resolution drafted by the Special Commission.

HCCH is a global inter-governmental organization. It develops legal instructions responding to global needs. The Special Commission meeting is held every 5 years in Hague, during which delegates discuss the executive conditions in different member states. The aim of the convention is to promote best practice among member states and protect the efficiency of treaty implementation.

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