Consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
(Article 27), all cultures and societies recognise to some
extent the right to rest and leisure. Here, because personal
freedom and choice are central elements of leisure, individuals
can freely choose their activities and experiences, many of
them leading to substantial benefits for person and community.
1. All people have a basic human right to leisure activities
that are in harmony with the norms and social values
of their compatriots. All governments are obliged to recognise
and protect this right of its citizens.
2. Provisions for leisure for the quality of life are as
important as those for health and education. Governments
should ensure their citizens a variety of accessible leisure
and recreational opportunities of the highest quality.
3. The individual is his/her best leisure and recreational
resource. Thus, governments should ensure the means
for acquiring those skills and understandings necessary to
optimize leisure experiences.
4. Individuals can use leisure opportunities for self-fulfilment,
developing personal relationships, improving social integration,
developing communities and cultural identity as well as promoting
international understanding and co-operation and enhancing
quality of life.
5. Governments should ensure the future availability of fulfilling
leisure experiences by maintaining the quality of
their countrys physical, social and cultural environment.
6. Governments should ensure the training of professionals
to help individuals acquire personal skills, discover
and develop their talents and to broaden their range of leisure
and recreational opportunities.
7. Citizens must have access to all forms of leisure information
about the nature of leisure and its opportunities,
using it to enhance their knowledge and inform decisions on
local and national policy.
8. Educational institutions must make every effort to teach
the nature and importance of leisure and how to
integrate this knowledge into personal lifestyle.
Approved by the World Leisure Board
of Directors, July 2000. The original version was adopted
by the International Recreation Association in 1970, and subsequently
revised by its successor, the World Leisure and Recreation
Association in 1979.