Parma – 16 February 2013 Final Event Re-Play

February 9, 2013
Parma Final Event Re-play ProjectThe final conference of the project Re-play will be held in Parma on February 16th 2013. The conference will present the final results of the survey and of the Pilot Project Office 31. Conference venue: Centro Congressi Comune di Parma – Sala A

7th European Forum on the Rights of the Child

November 11, 2012
7th European Forum on the Rights of the ChildBrussels 13-14 November 2012 – Supporting child protection systems through the implementation of the EU Agenda on the rights of the child What is the event about? The European Forum on the rights of the child is an annual conference organised by the European Commission which gathers key actors from European Institutions, EU Member States, Ombudspersons for children, international organisations and NGOs to exchange ideas and best practices on topical issues related to children’s rights. The 7th European Forum on the rights of the child will focus on supporting child protection systems through the implementation of the EU Agenda on the rights of the child. The forum will run over 1.5 days, starting with high-level speeches in the afternoon of 13 November at the Commission headquarters and with more targeted workshops and plenary sessions on 14 November. Five workshops will be held in parallel. Participants will only be able to participate in one of them, and should indicate their preferences (1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, 4th choice, 5th choice) at the time of registration. For details on these workshops, please refer to the background papers and agenda for the conference. All participants must register through this website by 26 October 2012 12:00 at the latest. for further information:http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/child-forum-2012/index_en.htm

National Italian Football team supports the Re-play Project

November 11, 2012
Italian football team supports the Re-Play ProjectParma, June 2012 – Football match to promote the re-play project with the national italian team! See the press articles (download section). For further information : m.balbi@comune.parma.it

Opening Office Article 31 in Parma

December 7, 2011
Thursday, December 1, 2011 the office Article 31, which is part of the project Re-Play, was officially inaugurated. It is located in the offices of CONI provinciale in Via L. Anedda, 5/A a Parma. The office is going to become a reference point for the children of the city, a meeting place and a fantastic occasion to make people sensitive to the Right to Play, a fundamental right of children. The aim of this office is to implement new play opportunities for children without any sort of discrimination and in a completly safe environment, to incentive on the perseption of the right to play and the essential meaning of play in the growth of children in the civil society. Contact : President. Mr Gianni Barbieri – parma@coni.it

IPA XIX Triennial World Conference, 2014

November 8, 2011
The next triennial conference will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2014. For further information: http://ipaworld.org/

An EU agenda for the rights of the child – Februrary 2011

November 8, 2011
The EU Agenda for the Rights of the Child aims to reinforce the full commitment of the EU – as enshrined in the Treaty of Lisbon and the Charter of Fundamental Rights – to promote, protect and fulfil the rights of the child in all relevant EU policies and actions. This agenda includes 11 concrete actions where the EU can contribute in an effective way to children’s well-being and safety. For further information:  http://ec.europa.eu/justice/fundamental-rights/rights-child/eu-agenda/index_en.htm

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – General Comment on Article 31

November 8, 2011

General Comment on Article 31:

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child announced in February 2011 that IPA’s request for a General Comment on article 31 had been accepted. IPA will have a central role in its development. Background: IPA members first discussed a General Comment on article 31 in its 2008 Council meeting in Hong Kong. An ‘action step’ to pursue this goal was approved by Council and included in IPA’s 2008 – 2011 strategic plan. IPA made the initial request to the UN Committee in May 2008. Support of other international organizations was sought and received. IPA’s eight supporting organizations are: Right to Play International, World Leisure Association, International Pediatrics Association, International Council on Children’s Play, World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP), International Toy Library Association, the European Child Friendly Cities Network, and Child Watch International.

What will the General Comment do?

The General Comment will provide guidance to ‘States Parties’ (governments of the 192 countries which are signatories to the Convention) with regard to the provisions of the Convention in relation to play and recreation, rest and leisure, cultural life and the arts. It will raise awareness of the importance of these in the everyday lives of children worldwide. IPA hopes to position article 31 more centrally within the fuller context of the UN Convention, illustrating the indivisibility of Convention articles, and also to put some emphasis on the role of unstructured or ‘free’ play which is facing increasing challenges. A fundamental goal of the G.C. will be to influence States Parties to include the provisions of article 31 in their national UNCRC implementation plans, for which all signatories have an obligation to develop. IPA groups all over the world will be invaluable in making this a reality! The General Comment on article 31 will be a useful tool in harnessing worldwide energy to promote the children’s right to play worldwide. Governments and authorities can play a key role in helping to ensure that children grow up in conditions where they can exercise their right to play and where they have adequate rest and leisure, access to recreation and to culture and the arts.

Next Steps and IPA Involvement

IPA has been asked to take a lead role in the organization of the development of this paper. The UN Committee focal group been assigned as follows: • Awich Pollar, Chair (Uganda) • Yanghee Lee (Korea) • Aseil Al-Shehail (Saudi Arabia) • Sanpharit Koompraphant (Thailand) • Hadeel Al-Asmar (Syrian Arab Republic) Lothar Krappman (Germany) past member of the UN Committee and strong supporter of the General Comment on article 31, will also be involved in its development. For further information: http://ipaworld.org/category/news-and-events/general-comment-on-article-31/

The 2nd Inter-partner meeting of the Re-play project

November 8, 2011
The 2nd Inter-partner meeting of the project will take place in Munich – 23 – 25 of November 2011 . All partner will attend to discuss the methodology of the survey “Perception of the right to play” and the “Pilot Projects Office 31”.

Universal Children’s Day – 20 November 2011

November 8, 2011
The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare.

6th European Forum on the Rights of the Child

November 8, 2011
Brussels, 23 of November 2011 – The European Forum on the Rights of the Child is an annual conference organised by the European Commission. http://ec.europa.eu/justice/events/child-forum/index.html