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Launch of the European Platform for Access to Personal and Family Rights (EPAPFR) on 12-13 March 2020 in Lyon, France

An international conference in Lyon, France, will take place on 12 and 13 March 2020, during which the newly established European Platform for Access to Personal and Family Rights (EPAPFR) will be officially launched.

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ISS at the first plenary meeting of the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child of the Council of Europe

ISS assisted as an observer to the first plenary meeting of the Committee for the Rights of the Child of the Council of Europe (CDENF) hold in Strasbourg from 4-6 February.

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October 2019: Triple consultations in one month on draft principles for the protection of the rights of the child in the context of surrogacy – from South Africa to the UK to Switzerland

International Social Service (ISS) continues to refine the draft principles throughout 2019; this work will continue next years. The preparation of these Principles was recommended by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children in 2018 (UN Doc. A/HRC/37/60), in her recommendation: [At the international level]:

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ISS undertook its first mission to Baja California in the framework of its project with UNICEF Mexico

From 18 – 20 November, ISS travelled to Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, to undertake an initial joint mission with UNICEF and RELAF, aimed at identifying the current situation of child protection and alternative care in the state of Baja California, including for children on the move.

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4nd November 2019 OPEN ONLINE COURSE - MOOC

Getting Care Right for All Children:
Implementing the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children

2019 marks a double celebration: the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the 10th anniversary of the UN Guidelines. It is the perfect occasion to take part in this free massive online open course (MOOC), which delves into what the UN Guidelines look like in practice. Over 12 000 persons have already participated in the course and children are benefiting.

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ISS attended the international seminar on the protection of children across borders in Rabat (Morocco)

On 14 and 15 November 2019, ISS participated in the international seminar organised by the Ministry of Justice in Morocco, with the technical support of UNICEF and the HCCH, and the financial support of the EU, in Rabat (Morocco).

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30th CRC anniversary celebrations on November 18-20

In the context of the 30th CRC anniversary celebrations on November 18-20, ISS will lead the session on the 19 November on children's rights in the age of biotechnology, where Stephanie Raeymaekers and Sonia Allan have organised a number of donor conceived persons, including surrogate born persons to present from across the world.

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From 09 to 11 September 2019, at the invitation of ISS Malta, ISS/IRC and ISS France delivered a 3-day training on intercountry adoption for ISS Malta staff.

At the invitation of ISS Malta (Malta Foundation for Social Welfare- "FSFW"), ISS/IRC and ISS France provided a training session on intercountry adoption for ISS Malta staff members from 9 to 11 September 2019.

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ISS Global Report 2019-2020

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