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This section contains summaries of public meetings that have been held recently as well as summaries of, or references to, other notable developments.

Public Meetings on Electronic Commerce. There will be two public meetings on electronic commerce in May:

The first public meeting will be held on May 12, 2015 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. EDT at one of the State Department’s annex buildings. The meeting is being held to obtain views from stakeholders on the revised Working Papers presented by the Secretariat. A copy of the Federal Register Notice can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07933.pdf.

The second public meeting will be held on May 29, 2015 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. EDT at the Gewirz Student Center, Georgetown University Law Center. The meeting will discuss possible future work by UNCITRAL in the areas of identity management and related trust services. A copy of the Federal Register Notice can be found at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-10/pdf/2015-08308.pdf.

Child Maintenance. Section 459A of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 659A) authorizes the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to declare foreign countries, or their political subdivisions, to be reciprocating countries for the purpose of the enforcement of family support obligations. The Federal Register notice can be found in the Federal Register, Vol. 79, No. 161, printed Wednesday, August 20, 2014, http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-20/pdf/2014-19794.pdf , which includes a chart listing those countries.


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