Welcome to the

Age-friendly World Newsletter!

In this Newsletter:

• Celebrating 700 Network Members!

• Call for applications to the European Access City Awards 2018 (deadline 16 September 2018)

• Register for the Basque Country Conference 'Good European Age-friendliness Practices' organised by Euskadi Lagunkoia

700 Members!

The Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities is pleased to welcome its 700th member, Municipalidad de Cartago, Costa Rica. Joining 699 other cities and communities around the world, Municipalidad de Cartago works to become a better place to grow older by adopting the WHO age-friendly approach. 

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. Bring your city or community into the Network today!

Read about Municipalidad de Cartago

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Call for Applications to the European Access City Award 2018

The European Commission is once again opening applications to the Access City AwardThe Access City Award recognises and celebrates efforts by cities to improve accessibility for all of their citizens, in order to ensure equal access to equal rights, and improve quality of life for everyone. This includes age-friendliness, enhancing the Award's synergies with the age-friendly cities and communities movement. Network Affiliate AGE Platform Europe is a member of the Award's jury.

For the 2019 edition, special awards will be given as part of the European year of cultural heritage, and will reward cities for their outstanding efforts to make cultural heritage sites accessible.

The Access City Award is open to:

• all EU cities of over 50,000 inhabitants

• urban areas composed of two or more towns with a combined population of over 50,000 inhabitants, if they are in EU countries with fewer than 2 cities with over 50,000 inhabitants

For the Access City Award 2019, cities with fewer than 50,000 inhabitants may participate in one category of the special cultural heritage awards. The deadline for applications is 16 September 2018 (Sun).

Apply for the Access City Awards here

Register for the Basque Country Conference 'Good European Age-friendliness Practices'

The Basque Country project Euskadi Lagunkoia is holding a conference on 'Good European Age-friendliness Practices', to be held on 14 September 2018 (Fri). The conference is aimed at reflecting on the challenges cities and communities have encountered on their age-friendly journeys, as well as sharing effective and innovative good practices. The 'Euskadi Lagunkoia Best Age-Friendly Practice Award' will also be presented at the conference.

Euskadi Lagunkoia is a project of the Department of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government in collaboration with Matia Instituto, which is aimed at promoting participation of citizens as well as the public, private and social sector to develop a movement to foster age-friendly living environments. This initiative is based on the World Health Organization's Age-friendly Environments approach.

Access the Conference Programme and register for the event 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 720 member cities and communities in 39 countries, covering a population of over 210 million people. 

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