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IPA Global Consultations on Children’s Right to Play
Summary Report: August 2010
Early in 2008 the International Play Association: Promoting the Child’s Right to Play (IPA) entered a partnership with other international organisations to propose that the UNCRC develop a General Comment on Article 31 for the purpose of elaborating on its meaning and increasing state accountability with regard to compliance.
Following that day a Global Consultation was carried out on the ‘state of play’.
The full summary may be accessed from: http://article31.ipaworld.org/reporting/summary-report-from-the-ipa-global-consultations-on-childrens-right-to-play/
General Comment on Article 31 of The UN Convention
The Right to Play is to receive increased attention from UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Article 31 will be the subject of a General Comment, the aim of which is to increase state accountability.
A General Comment is an official statement adopted by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child that elaborates on the meaning of an aspect of the Convention that seems to require further interpretation or emphasis. The aim of the General Comment is to increase state accountability.
To date there are 12 such General Comments issued from the year 2001. These include:
· No. 7 Implementing child rights in early childhood 2005
· No. 9 The rights of children with disabilities 2006
· No.11 Indigenous children and their rights 2009
· No.12 The right of the child to be heard 2009
A full list can be found on the website of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, (General Comments) as well as the complete texts.
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.
We hope 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 General Comment 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.