United States Special Advisor for Children’s Issues Ambassador Susan Jacobs will visit Macau, the Philippines and Japan from June 24 to July 2 to discuss the convention on the well-being and protection of children.
In a statement, the US Embassy in Manila said Jacobs will be meeting with government and non-government officials to discuss the Hague Adoption and Abduction Conventions.
It didn’t say exactly when she will be in Manila.
The conventions refer to the protection of the rights of a child, especially in matters of custody and permanent residency.
In Macau, Jacobs will participate in a conference entitled “Towards the Well-Being of the Child Through the Hague Child Abduction and Protection of Children Conventions: An Asia-Pacific Symposium.”
She will also discuss with participating country delegations opportunities to strengthen partnerships and accession to the Hague Abduction Convention, the statement said.
She will complete her tour of Asia Pacific with a visit to Japan where she will discuss continued cooperation consistent with the Abduction Convention and resolution of pre-Hague Convention cases.
Japan entered into force the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction Convention on April 1, 2014.
As of February 2015, there are 93 states party to the convention, a multilateral treaty developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law that provides an “expeditious method” to return a child internationally abducted a parent from one member country to another.
Its aim is to return an abducted child to his habitual country of residence, and for him to retain his custody before the wrongdoing was done. The Philippines is not yet a party to the treaty.