Advocacy is an important part of the IASP mission. The association's activities range from conducting the Global Year Against Pain campaign to participating in the revision of the International Classification of Diseases.
Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education
IASP sponsors and promotes the Global Year Against Pain, a yearlong initiative designed to raise international awareness of pain. Each year, IASP focuses on a different aspect of pain.
Delegates to the first International Pain Summit in September 2010 agreed upon terms for the Declaration of Montréal, which calls for recognition of pain relief as a basic human right. These documents cover initiatives in motion around the world that support the declaration.
Desirable Characteristics of National Pain Strategies
Delegates to the first International Pain Summit worked together to develop guidance for members, governments, and nongovernmental organizations working in both developed and developing nations who seek to improve pain care.
The Declaration of Montreal
The Declaration of Montréal calls for pain relief to be recognized as a basic human right. Delegates to the International Pain Summit from 64 IASP chapters and members from 130 countries endorsed the declaration in September 2010, and the IASP Council followed suit in October. Hundreds of organizations and individuals around the world have since endorsed the declaration.