Declarations & Statements

IACAPAP’s mission is to advocate for the promotion of the mental health and develop of children and adolescents through policy, practice and research. One of the ways in which this mission is fulfilled is through the publication of declarations and statements to support the development of child and adolescent mental health. These declarations and statements are advocacy documents and they are widely disseminated to policy makers, and child and adolescent mental health professionals, ministries of education, health and youth.

1992Declaration of Budapest:
Assuring the Mental Health of Children
1996Declaration of Venice: 
Principles for Organizing Mental Health Systems for Children and Adolescents
1998Declaration of Venice: 
Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
2000Declaration of Sharm El Sheikh:
Declaration of the Founding of the Eastern Mediterranean Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (EMACAPAP)
2000Declaration of Modena:
Genetics of Autism 
2001Declaration of Jerusalem Children’s Rights
2003Declaration of Rome:
Caring for Children Affected by Maltreatment, War, Terrorism, and Disaster
2004Declaration of Berlin:
Assuring Mental Health for Children and Adolescents
2004Declaration of Berlin:
Principles of Ethics in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (revised in Melbourne, 2006)
2005Statement on Responses to Natural Disasters
2006Melbourne Declaration 2006:
The theme of the 17th IACAPAP Congress in Melbourne 2006 was ”Nurturing Diversity”.
2007Position Paper on a Rights-Based, Evidence-Based Approach to Care for Persons with ASD
(IACAPAP together with Autism-Europe and ESCAP)
2008Declaration of the Consortium for Global Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health
(IACAPAP together with WAIMH, ISAPP, WFMH and InterCAMHS)
2012Declaration of Paris: Autism (2012)
IACAPAP asserts the importance to nations of well-funded, high quality, ethically delivered education and treatment for individuals with autism and PDD
2014Declaration of Durban (2014) (in English)
Déclaration de Durban (2014) (en français)
Life, Health, and Mental Health – IACAPAP adopts the ‘Declaration of Durban’ at the 21st World Congress of IACAPAP, Durban, South Africa, 15 August 2014
2018Declaration of Prague
The Rights of Indigenous Children, Adolescents and Families to Mental Health and Wellbeing, July 2018