International Play Association

An international non-governmental organization founded in 1961

International Play Association (IPA)

The International Play Association (IPA) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961

IPA’s purpose is to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play (article 31, UNCRC) as a fundamental human right. IPA is at the forefront of developing a global understanding and increased visibility of right to play including promoting healthy, high quality play opportunities and environments.

Conferences are a important means by which IPA seeks to fulfil its purpose of maintaining an international cross sectoral forum to protect and promote a child’s right to play and facilitate the exchange of experiences, disseminate information and influence society. Website:

IPA has members in almost 50 countries, and branches in 13 countries including a newly formed branch in India.