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From 3 to 4 December 2018, ISS provided a training session on best practices in alternative care to a team of social workers from ISS Network Member, Himaya.
International multidisciplinary experts met to progress efforts towards protecting the rights of children in surrogacy arrangements around the world by drafting international principles.
Two new reports from Cambodia were published in 2018: "Study on Alternative Care Community Practices for Children in Cambodia" and "Capacity development plan for family support, foster care and adoption in Cambodia 2018-2023". Both studies were commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY).
Given the core theme of migration as part of ISS' mandate since 1924, the General Secretariat and ISS Switzerland represented the ISS network at the UN Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
ISS/IRC participated in the informal meeting of European Central Adoption Authorities that took place from 8th-9th of October 2018 in Brno (Czech Republic).
From 18 to 19 October 2018, the ISS/IRC had the opportunity to provide a training to a group of 23 actors from the child protection and adoption system in Guinea Conakry.
During the ISS informal directors meeting at the General Secretariat, the director general of « Droit d'Enfance » Mr Jean Luc Pujol and our Secretary General Jean Ayoub signed a cooperation agreement establishing « Droit d'Enfance » as ISS member a.i in France.
UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.
On the joint initiative of the « Institut haïtien du Bien-Être social et de la Recherche (IBESR) » and of the French Embassy in Haiti, and thanks to the support of various partners (MAI, Terre des Hommes Lausanne and SOS-Children's Villages in Haïti), these workshops have gathered more than 50 professionals of different backgrounds:
The ISS/IRC went to Paris on 16 October, to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, where the annual seminar of the French Mission for Intercountry Adoption took place.
1 in 4 children in need of protection who left the UK continued to be at risk of abuse or neglect as it was not possible, despite the efforts of social workers and other professionals, to safeguard them once they had travelled to another country.