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Worldwide campaign on children's right to play


On 30 September 2013, the International Play Association: Promoting the Child’s Right to Play (IPA) launched a worldwide campaign to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of play in the life of all children. It aims to break down the increasing barriers in children’s living conditions that have a negative impact on children’s space and time for play.

The catalyst for this campaign is the adoption of General Comment (GC) number 17 on Article 31 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

A special symposium was held in Geneva, Switzerland during which IPA and members of the UN Committee were joined by children’s rights experts and advocates, representatives of non-governmental organizations and dignitaries from 18 countries around the world.

Article 31 of the UNCRC covers the children’s right to play, to rest and leisure and to engage in arts and culture.

Theresa Casey, President of IPA said:

‘Play is essential to the quality of children’s everyday lives, to optimum development and to the promotion of resilience. Without play, rest and participation other rights of children cannot be fully realised.’

More information about the General Comment

The Bernard van Leer Foundation supported IPA’s work on the General Comment and the launch itself - read blog about the event