International multidisciplinary experts met to progress efforts towards protecting the rights of children in surrogacy arrangements around the world by drafting international principles.
The experts were hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies, under the auspices of the International Social Service (ISS). The principles have received the formal support of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children, Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, who called in her 2018 report on surrogacy to the UN Human Rights Council for the international community to support the further advancement of the draft principles.
The draft principles seek to provide practical guidance to states and other actors involved in surrogacy, to address these specific child rights issues. The ISS and the Core Expert Group* will continue to refine the text of the principles based on the feedback received at the meetings in the Hague, with a view to seeking further international support for the principles. A series of regional consultations are also planned, to ensure that contributions from all regions of the world to the shaping of the principles occur.
*Members of the Core Expert Group are: Claire Achmad, Nigel Cantwell, Patricia Fronek, Olga Khazova, John Pascoe, David Smolin, Katarina Trimmings, Michael Wells-Greco and ISS.
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