Every child will be accorded the right to the highest attainable standard of health, and the opportunity to grow, develop, and fulfil to his or her human potential. The IPA will serve as an unceasing voice for children's health, development, and potential through advocacy, education, and action.
Pediatricians, working with other partners, will be leaders in promoting physical, mental, and social health for all children, and in realizing the highest standards of health for newborns, children, and adolescents in all countries of the world. The IPA will work with professional associations and all others willing to add their strengths to advocacy, education, and programming on behalf of children.
Excellence of knowledge and expertise in child health: Pediatricians will be leaders in defining and creating a sound body of scientific and practical knowledge concerning child health.
Evidence based action: Pediatricians will incorporate best practices validated by evidenced based studies into all their professional activities.
Prevention as well as treatment: Pediatricians will emphasize prevention of disease and ill health, as well as care for illness which has not been prevented.
Service: Pediatricians will deliver the best possible preventative and curative services for children, and will strive for the necessary facilities to provide these services.
Education: Pediatricians will design and implement education and training programs for pediatricians and other child health personnel, basing these programs on the needs of their populations and the best evidence based information.
Partnership: Pediatricians will seek out and work with other partners in maternal and child health, including their government ministries of health, United Nations agencies at country and global levels, and donors.
Advocacy: Pediatricians will promote health for all children from birth through adolescence, and will advocate for the right of every newborn, child, and adolescent to health and well being.
Collegiality: Pediatricians will be global citizens, collaborating locally and internationally with their colleagues in pediatrics and child health.