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Is South Sudan About to Ratify the CRC?

26 January 2016 – In an email to IPA received this morning,  the Communications Officer for UNICEF South Sudan in Juba says it is possible that South Sudan has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child but it is unclear at this point. They have been told that Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the country

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Berlin: Symposium on Play is a Child’s Right- Strategies for the Future of Our Society

15 January 2015  Berlin Fachtagung „Spielen ist Kinderrecht – Strategien für die Zukunft der Gesellschaft“, 15.Januar 2015 in Berlin Das Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk veranstaltet zusammen mit dem Bündnis Recht auf Spiel, der deutschen IPA-Sektion und der National Coalition am 15.Januar in Berlin eine Tagung zum General Comment Nr. 17 zu Art. 31 der UN-Kinderrechtskonvention, Recht auf

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Geneva, "Centre of Gravity" for Children's Rights

On the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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by Theresa Casey, President, International Play Association There is a special relationship between children’s rights and Geneva – described as ‘the centre of gravity for children’s rights’ – so I was honoured to be there on the 20th November 2014, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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New IPA World Website

Hello and welcome to the new IPA World website. We will be adding and fixing links, addresses, contacts, branch information, and more in the coming weeks. When you stumble upon something that needs fixing or you think of something that should be on the site, please feel free to let us know at It

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The Importance of Access to Play in Situations of Crisis

18 June 2014 IPA Blog for the Toy Industries of Europe The importance of access to play in situations of crisis Theresa Casey and Ric McConaghy, International Play Association (IPA) The International Play Association (IPA) has long been concerned about the play rights of children experiencing difficult circumstances or challenging environments. Too many of the

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Re-Play for Play: Policy Makers’ Engagement Needed to Improve Play Opportunities Across Europe

23 September  2014  IPA Blog for the Toy Industries of Europe Re-Play for Play: policy makers’ engagement needed to improve play opportunities across Europe Margaret Westwood, Board of the International Play Association (IPA) Despite the universal nature of the drive to play, children and young people’s day to day experience of playing varies enormously across

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Every child has the right to play.