City in Focus: London, United Kingdom
London first assessed its age-friendliness in 2007. “What makes a city age-friendly? London’s contribution to the WHO Age Friendly Cities Project” provided the baseline assessment of London’s age-friendliness against the…Read more
New publication: Report on the Global Network, and case studies from around the world
A new report on the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities reviews achievements since the founding of the Network in 2007, challenges and how to overcome them, and together with its Affiliate programs, outlines steps to guide action over the next decade. Eleven accompanying case studies from members of the Network around the world examine local age-friendly programmes in depth.
The Network aims to stimulate and enable cities and communities around the world to become increasingly age-friendly. It seeks to do this by inspiring change by showing what can be done and how it can be done; connecting cities and communities worldwide to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge and experience; and supporting cities and communities to find appropriate innovative and evidence-based solutions.
This was made possible through the generous financial contribution of the Public Health Agency of Canada. Case studies were developed in partnership with a research team from the University of Manchester.
International Day of Older Persons 2018
1 October is the International Day of Older Persons. This year, WHO will highlight everyone’s right to health, no matter what age they are. The world is getting older, but too many people are spending their precious older years in poor health. The WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work commits to reduce the number of older adults who are care dependent by 15 million. This can only be achieved by improving the health of older people as they age and supporting them to develop and maintain the ability to do the things they value. As the Sustainable Development Goals focus on leaving no one behind, we must ensure that every person has a fair chance to optimise their chance for health and well-being – regardless of their age.
To celebrate the event, WHO organised an event at headquarters, bringing together former WHO country representatives in a moderated discussion to reflect on what they could and could not do in their work to promote equity in ageing.