IPA’s 19th Triennial Conference in Istanbul a Huge Success

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Delegates from all over the world have made their way home after an inspiring and engaging conference in Istanbul, Turkey. The conference was organized by ALA (Active Living Association).  To add your own pictures and comments please visit the IPA World Facebook page and the IPA 2014 World Conference Facebook page. Some of the highlights of the conference included:

Five new IPA branches were announced in Russia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Nepal and Turkey. Also 69 new members joined IPA during the conference.

Marilena Flores Martins of Brazil was awarded IPA Honorary Life Membership.

The exciting announcement was made that the 20th IPA Triennial World Conference will be held in Calgary, Canada.

Conference Resolutions

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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] [IPA/UN Liaison] [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
  • Nepal
  • Sweden
  • USA
  • Russia
  • 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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