International Play Association: Promoting the Child’s Right to Play (IPA)

IPA is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961 with the purpose to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right, as enshrined in article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. IPA is an interdisciplinary organisation bringing together people from all professions working for and with children. IPA has members in close to 50 countries with active groups around the world and provides a forum for exchange and action across disciplines and across sectors. International Play Association has been actively promoting the importance of children’s play for 50 years and in the 1980s played a significant role in ensuring that the child’s right to play was included in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. IPA has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).


Margaret Westwood