Children, Play and Nature Policy Statement
As a global voice supporting the value and benefits of parks and open space, World Urban Parks Association recognizes the important role urban parks play in children's quality of life worldwide. Access to active self-directed play in nature is fundamental to healthy childhood. World Urban Parks represents agencies that provide and manage environments for play and experience of nature. Our members have an important role to serve in advocating for improved opportunities for play outside in nature for children, young people, adults and families.
The World Urban Parks' Children Play and Nature Policy Statement is underpinned by the vision and actions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and Article 31 (General Comment 2013):
The right to play and informal recreation, for all children and young people up to 18 years of age is contained in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 31 includes a number of related, but distinct, rights: rest, recreation, leisure, play, participation in cultural life and the arts.
- States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
- States parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.
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