Article 31 card w childrenDEADLINE for IPA RIGHT TO PLAY AWARD  SUBMISSIONS – 15 April 2014

The IPA Right to Play Award was created to recognise and celebrate projects that utilise innovative and practical ways to implement Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Appropriate projects include activity programs, public awareness campaigns, media products, implemented national or local legislation, design of spaces, and design of play items.

This award was launched at the IPA World Conference in Melbourne, Australia in 1993 and since then awards have been made at every Triennial World Conference. The awards provide an opportunity for winners and nominees to showcase their work to both their community and the world. Nominations are invited from organsations and individuals that represent profit or not for profit organisations.  Award winners are announced at the Gala dinner at the 19th Triennial World Conference hosted by Turkey in May and featured on the IPA World website.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 15 APRIL 2014       Download submission forms here:  IPA RIght to Play Award – Project submission form (PDF form) or IPA Right to Play Award – Word submission form (MS Word)


Join Us In Istanbul for IPA’s World Conference
20 – 23 May 2014


Sign up today to join leaders in play from around the world come together in beautiful Istanbul, Turkey.
(Late registration price increases go into effect 21 March 2014, so sign up soon.) 

1-day workshop on

Access to Play for Children in Crisis

To find out more about this event at the IPA World Conference in Istanbul (including how to apply to be a part of it),  click here. The workshop will be in English. In order to participate, you must be registered to attend the IPA World Conference.  Delegates accepted to the special workshop will be able to take part in online discussion with the facilitator and other participants in April and May.

The application time period has closed.


Board Elections

The IPA Executive Board Elections will be held at the IPA General Meeting, Wednesday 21 May 2014, 4.30pm – 6.00pm, at the Istanbul Technical University, Taşkışla Campus, Istanbul. All members of IPA should carefully review the attached information packet for election details, deadlines, ballot, bios, etc – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PACKAGE or Click here to download the election ballot.


New video on a Child’s Right to Play!

Enjoy IPA’s new video about Article 31 and a child’s right to play. It was created for the launch of the General Comment on Article 31 that took place in Geneva, Switzerland in September 2013. The video will soon be released in 10 languages. Please feel free to embed the video in your website to let people know about a child’s right to play!  (Music: “On Top of the World” by IMAGINE DRAGONS. Used with permission.)



About IPA

IPA is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961.

It provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors.

IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right. ~Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

“That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.”

Our Structure

IPA has a small administrative Board of Directors, five Regional Vice Presidents and a Council of national representatives.
[Board of Directors] [Regional Vice Presidents] [IPA/UN Liaison] [Council Members-at-Large] [World Council]

Member Groups

IPA has members in close to 50 countries, and active groups in

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Spain
  • N. Ireland
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Portugal
  • Sweden
  • USA
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • India
  • Netherlands
  • Scotland
  • England
  • Wales

IPA member groups initiate a wide variety of projects that promote the child’s right to play. These include seminars, conferences, study tours, research, publications, playground design, playwork training and the organization of play programs and Play Days. National groups often collaborate with other organizations which promote the well-being of children and children’s rights.

Contact your national representative (see Council list) for further information or check their websites (see Links)

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