United Nations Peace Messenger
In 1971, the IPA Board decided it was important to cooperate with the UN organizations. We are recognized by ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) and UNICEF, and work in agreement with their principles. They give a context to our work as follows:
• Our focus on human rights, specifically the Child's Right to Play as stated in the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and now embodied in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
• Our feeling of solidarity with children all over the world.
• Our involvement in peace education. The IPA has been appointed as a Messenger of Peace by the United Nations.
• Our commitment to the development of each individual to the maximum of their potential, the protection and enhancement of their culture, and the importance of the family and the community.