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Zambia signs Convention on Child Adoption Protection HAGUE, Thursday 11th June, 2015 – Zambia has acceded to the Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Child Adoption.

Zambia’s Ambassador to Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and the European Union (EU) Mrs. Grace M. Mutale Kabwe signed the Convention on behalf of the country at the Fourth Meeting of the Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention in The Hague, Netherlands.
Ambassador Kabwe said Zambia has embarked on a progressive implementation plan that recognises the importance of having long-term strategy for the protection of Children.
She said it is therefore hoped that with support from all member States and other interest groups in the system, Zambia will collectively overcome the challenges facing children being adopted – and ultimately uphold their fundamental rights, interests and overall welfare.
“This is a milestone in the history of our country that today, we are party to an international legal framework that is aimed at regulating intercountry adoptions and provides protection of Children and families and ensure checks and balances throughout the adoption process,” Ambassador Kabwe said.
And Netherlands Head of the Treaties Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Joseph Damoiseaux, who received the instrument of accession, thanked Zambia for signing the Convention.
The Hague Convention of 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption protects children and their families against the risks of illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad. The Convention, which operates through a system of national Central Authorities, reinforces the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and seeks to ensure that intercountry adoptions are made in the best interests of the child and with respect for his or her fundamental rights. It also seeks to prevent the abduction, the sale of, or traffic in children.
Accession to the Convention is a means of protecting Children being adopted by families outside the country, through the introduction of internationally agreed measures and strategies addressing challenges associated with intercountry adoptions. Being a member State to the Convention ensures, among others, the establishment of safeguards in intercountry adoptions in the best interest of the Child’s fundamental rights.

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