Canadian company at the forefront of international child protection initiative



    OTTAWA, March 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian company WorldReach Software has
joined forces with the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private
International Law by sponsoring their work on international child protection.
    As William Duncan, Deputy Secretary General of the Hague Conference
explains "More than 30 years ago, the Government of Canada was the leader in
proposing the development of an international treaty on international child
abduction; it seems fitting to have another Canadian connection with
WorldReach's generous sponsorship to modernize the management and monitoring
process of the 1980 Child Abduction Convention. The iChild project is a real
testament to the concern and commitment WorldReach has in the area of
international child protection."
    WorldReach created a customized version of its case management software
known as iChild specifically for States Parties to the Hague Convention of
25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. Since
it came into force more than 25 years ago, the 1980 Child Abduction Convention
has become one of the most successful international treaties drawn up by the
Hague Conference, with currently 76 States Parties representing all continents
and many different legal traditions and cultures. It has greatly improved the
protection of children internationally from the harmful effects of their
wrongful removal or retention as well as secure protection for rights of
access, and has contributed greatly to international cooperation in this area.
iChild will help manage all essential information concerning international
child abduction and access cases. In addition to helping countries manage
cases, the system will report statistics critical to the monitoring process.
    WorldReach President Gordon Wilson adds "WorldReach has seen the
significant impacts of international child abduction through our work with
consular organizations over the last 15 years. It is this very reason that led
us to work with the Permanent Bureau to develop a system that would improve
the management of these important and sensitive cases.

    WorldReach Software Corporation is the leading provider of consular
management solutions. For almost 15 years, WorldReach products have been used
by national governments for consular assistance, consular crises, and
passports abroad. WorldReach products are licensed to over 700 sites in
approximately 200 countries, including Canadian, British, Dutch, New Zealand,
and Spanish headquarters and posts.

    The Hague Conference is an inter-governmental organization whose purpose
is to build bridges between various legal systems, and which has become a
centre for international judicial and administrative co-operation in the area
of private law, with a focus on family law, civil procedure and commercial
law.




For further information:

For further information: Please contact: Wanda Cadigan, WorldReach
Software, (613) 742-6482, wanda.cadigan@worldreach.com; www.worldreach.com

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