Welcome to the first Age-friendly World newsletter of 2018!

We are pleased to welcome the new year with changes and updates to the Age-friendly World website. A number of improvements have been made from how the website looks and feels, to making the behind-the-scenes features work smoother and more consistently.  An all new Global Database of Age-friendly Practices has also been launched.

Find out more about the changes and other age-friendly news and events below. Happy New Year!

In this Newsletter:

• Age-friendly World maintenance and update complete

• GNAFCC Survey reminder: let us know your age-friendly priorities

• Age-friendly News: funded PhD programme on ageism

Age-friendly World website

maintenance and update complete

Thank you for your patience as we conducted maintenance and upgrade works to the Age-friendly World website. We are happy to announce that the technical upgrade process is now complete, and the site has been restored to full functionality.

The changes have been made both to improve your user experience and improve how we can support members. These include refreshing look and browsing experience, making Age-friendly World the one stop shop for all membership submissions and information, and implementing a new Global Database for Age-friendly Practices.

Updated guides on how to navigate the new features are now available on your Member's Space. You can access this page when you are logged in, here.

Please feel free get in touch with any questions, comments or feedback at gnafcc@who.int.

Refreshed look and browsing experience

The previous front page of the Age-friendly World website made it difficult for us to effectively feature the success stories and diverse experiences of GNAFCC members. The new layout creates more space for us to feature your stories, alongside photos of cities and communities in action.

We also took this opportunity to upgrade and streamline the searching experience on Age-friendly World. Now, along with a universal search bar on general pages, an Advanced Search function is also available so you can find resources and pages which are most relevant to your interests.

Discover the new Age-friendly World from the front page, or do an Advanced Search here.

One stop shop for membership and submission

Previously, application and submission forms for Membership and the Global Database of Age-friendly Practices were managed on a separate system. The revisions to the Age-friendly World website make it much more efficient to review and publish new submissions.

The membership application forms have now found a new home in the Age-friendly World website itself, making the submission, approval and publication process more streamlined and user-friendly.

Have a look at the new GNAFCC application form here, and the Age-friendly Practices submission form here.

An all new Global Database of Age-friendly Practices

Finally, we are particularly excited to share with you a new version of the Global Database of Age-friendly Practices.

The Database has also been transferred to the Age-friendly World website, with new features added in. Now, age-friendly practices can be filtered according to a number of useful criteria such as sector (e.g. housing, transport, etc.), or issue (e.g. ageism, intergenerational activities, etc.). Evaluated age-friendly practices are prominently marked. The details of each practice have been organised so that you can quickly find the information which is most useful for you.

Don't worry: all age-friendly practices submitted to the previous database have been migrated to the new system. If the submitted age-friendly practice was for a GNAFCC Member, the practice can also be edited by the designated focal point for that city or community.

Explore the Global Database of Age-friendly Practices here, or read the Guide to using the Global Database here.

GNAFCC Survey reminder:

let us know your age-friendly

community priorities

In December we sent a link to a questionnaire to GNAFCC members. We are surveying cities and communities on current priorities for action. We want to hear what your priorities are, what information would support your work, and how we can best get that information to you.

The information you give us will help us to focus on what is most useful to your age-friendly work, and to ensure that the Age-Friendly World website is responsive to community needs across the Network. 

We would like to hear back from more cities and communities before we close the survey, and so we have extended the deadline to 9 February 2018 (Fri). Please do take this opportunity to have your say.

If you started but did not complete the survey, you can still use the link we sent you to access and complete your answers. You also do not need to answer every question.

We have sent the links out again to our focal points in the member cities and communities. If you didn't receive it or need it to be sent again, please write to us at gnafcc@who.int.

We look forward to hearing from you, and thank you to those who have taken the time to send in your answers.

Age-friendly News

31 January 2018: Call for applications to EuroAgeism - 15 funded PhD positions available


EuroAgeism is a multidisciplinary international network of researchers, policy-makers, social and health care professionals dedicated to expanding resesarch and action on ageism. As a part of its work, EuroAgeism is recruiting 15 early career researchers for a fully funded 3-year PhD programme.

The projects available under this PhD programme draw from a diversity of disciplines across the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Successful applicants will be hosted by 1 of 8 member institutions of the EuroAgeism network. Secondment and internship opportunities with academic, policy and health organizations will also be available - including with WHO.

The deadline for applications is 31 January 2018 (Wed). For more information, please visit the EuroAgeism website, or download the full recruitment announcement here.


About us

Age-friendly World is a World Health Organization website dedicated to promoting age-friendliness around the world. The World Health Organization Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) is a global coalition of cities and communities committed to becoming more age-friendly. We currently consist of 541 member cities and communities in 37 countries, covering a population of 179 million people. 

Submit your news on Age-friendly World or get in touch with us at gnafcc@who.int.