Age-Friendly World September 2016


In this issue: 


• GNAFCC welcomes its 300th member!

• The United Nations International Day of Older Persons 2016

• Call for Submissions: Age-friendly Practices Against Ageism




GNAFCC welcomes its 300th member - Ibagué, Colombia! 

We are excited to welcome Ibagué to the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Ibagué is the first Network member from Colombia. 

Read about Ibagué here (page in Spanish). 


International Day of Older Persons: October 1, 2016

The United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP 2016) is fast approaching. This year’s theme is Take A Stand Against Ageism.  Ageism, the stereotyping of and discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their age, is widespread and has very harmful effects, particularly on the health and participation of older adults. Research shows that older adults with negative attitudes about ageing live on average 7.5 years less than those with positive attitudes.

This year’s theme presents an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding about the serious and under-represented issue of ageism and its effects on health and well-being.

Get involved!

We encourage our member cities and communities to consider hosting events to counter ageism and support the UN International Day of Older Persons 2016. Consider the following ways of getting involved:

• Call for messages of support from your political leadership
- Call for local, regional, and national commitment to age-friendly cities and communities, Healthy Ageing and the WHO Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health.

• Hold a lunch time event on ageism
- Speaking points can be made available by WHO on request.  

• Post on social media
- Use the hashtags #YearsAhead and #UNIDOP to post your messages around UNIDOP 2016 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram
- Re-post WHO infographics, GIFs and media on Healthy Ageing 

• Participate in WHO HQ’s Facebook Live Q&A
- A 20 minute Q&A will be held with a WHO expert on ageing on September 30 (time TBA). Participate in the Q&A by submitting questions and comments on Facebook Live, or by September 30th by 8:00am Geneva time to

• Invite colleagues to participate
- Collect your colleagues’ views on ageism, ageing, and health and hold a discussion.
- Encourage colleagues to post (or repost) content promoting healthy ageing on social media

• Share your involvement
- Let us know about the ways you are getting involved with UNIDOP 2016 through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or by sending an email to




Reminder: Call for Submissions: Age-friendly Practices against Ageism 

As part of the United Nations International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP) on October 1, 2016, the World Health Organization is holding a call for Age-friendly Practices against ageism. The deadline for submission of practices against Ageism is September 15, 2016The best 10 practices will be featured on the main Age-friendly World website. 

Everyone is eligible to submit Practices. 

Read more about the Call for Practices and how to submit here


Featured Resources

Acting for Ageing - a toolkit for organizing innovative events on the World report on ageing and health

Acting for Ageing - a toolkit for organizing innovative events on the World report on ageing and health

Are you thinking about or planning to put on an event on ageing and health? WHO has launched the toolkit “Action for ageing” to support regional and country offices, NGOs and other partners around the world who want hold events on the recently published World report on ageing and health. Events could target a range of stakeholders for awareness-raising, engagement …

Read more.


About us 

The World Health Organization Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) is a global coalition of cities and communities committed to becoming age-friendly. We currently consist of over 300 member cities and communities in 34 countries. 


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