International Play Association (IPA)

Association internationale pour le droit au jeu de l'enfant
Asociación Internacional por el Derecho del Niño a Jugar
Internationale Vereinigung für das Recht des Kindes zu Spielen

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12 May 1961, Copenhagen (Denmark), at a conference of European playground experts, as International Playground Association -- Association internationale des terrains de jeux -- Internationale Spielplatzvereinigung. Changed changed title to International Association for the Child's Right to Play. Current full title: International Play Association - Promoting the Child's Right to Play (IPA). Membership subsequently widened to include individuals of all relevant professions, groups, organizations and benefactors, in every continent, endorsing the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, especially Principle 7, paragraph 3 (on opportunity and right to play) and currently United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Article 31. Constitution adopted 25 Aug 1978, Ottawa (Canada); amended: 28 Aug 1981, Rotterdam (Netherlands); 10 Aug 1984, Ljubljana (Yugoslavia); 8 June 1990, Tokyo (Japan).


Protect, preserve and promote children's play as a fundamental human right of all children, everywhere; provide an international forum to promote and improve the development of play environments, leisure time facilities, for children and youth; contribute to a better education including play spaces indoors and outdoors of play-leaders.

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Organizes Triennial World Conference. Dissemination of information; working parties; consultations; special seminars; national and regional conferences; study tours. Develops standards for play provisions. Conducts local action projects and national campaigns. 'IPA Declaration of the Child's Right to Play', produced Nov 1977, Malta; revised Sep 1982, Vienna (Austria) and Sep 1989, Barcelona (Spain).


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United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros A); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 45 countries
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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being



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