Welcome to the

Age-friendly World Newsletter!

In this Newsletter:

• WHO at the IFA Global Conference on Ageing 2018: Age-friendly Workshops, a Master Class on ageism, the first ever Network Affiliates meeting, and an Age-friendly Cities and Communities reception

• Call for Expressions of Interest (deadline 23 September 2018): Become a Pilot City for UN ESCAP and UN-Habitat's local urban sustainability management programme

WHO at the IFA Global Conference on Ageing 2018 

Age-friendly Workshops

Three workshops on age-friendly environments, hosted by WHO in partnership with the International Federation on Ageing, AARP, the University of Sherbrooke, and Northeast health Wangaratta held a number of workshops to build skills and knowledge on age-friendly environments. 

Workshop 1 explored the new WHO framework for action built around functional ability and how the abilities relate to each other and to WHO's original eight age-friendly city domain (topics). It also looked at the implications for developing age-friendly cities and communities with a specific focus on inequities. Workshop 2 looked at how age-friendly advocates could work successfully within systems of local government decision-making across shifting administrations and changing political priorities. Workshop 3 focused on measuring the expected change and tracking action and outcomes. 

Master Class on Ageism

WHO held a fully-booked class looking at, and challenging, how we think, feel, and act towards age and ageing. In this workshop, participants reviewed the latest evidence on how to combat ageism, and looked at how to address ageism in various settings. 

Meeting of Affiliates of the Global Network for 

Age-friendly Cities and Communities

For the first time ever, a global meeting of the Affiliates of the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was held on 11 August 2018. Participants shared their successes, lessons learned, and challenges in age-friendly work.  A number of priorities were identified for both the development and implementation of a Decade of Healthy Ageing between 2021-2030. These suggestions will be further consulted with Member States at local, regional and national to finalize a strategic work plan.  

We look forward to working together with all our Affiliates, members, and other partners on the journey towards an age-friendly world. We are very grateful to the Public Health Agency of Canada for their financial support to the meeting and the International Federation on Ageing for their support with logistics.

Learn about our Affiliates here: https://extranet.who.int/agefriendlyworld/network-affiliates/

Age-friendly Cities and Communities Reception

A reception to celebrate over a decade of work on age-friendly cities and communities in Canada and around the world was held at the IFA Global Conference on Ageing. Attended by cities and communities as well as partners and friends working on age-friendly from around the world, the reception provided space to share experiences and suggest future directions for cities and communities as well as the WHO Global network for age-friendly cities and communities. The reception was hosted by WHO, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the International Federation on Ageing. Franca Gatto, Director of the Division of Aging, Seniors and Dementia of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and John Beard, Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course of WHO, gave opening remarks. 

Call for Expressions of Interest:

Become a Pilot City

with UN ESCAP and UN-Habitat 

The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) are calling for Expressions of Interest to become a pilot city of their local urban resource management project.

The project aims to support cities in implementing sustainable urban resource management (SURM) towards more inclusive and equitable local environments. This process will involve adapting or modifying an existing local plan or initiative, or developing a new one, in line with the objectives of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Pilot cities will receive technical and financial support for 3 years to:

• Co-develop participatory and inclusive local urban governance processes

• Implement evidence-based decision-making, implementation, and review processes in measuring baselines and progress

• Apply systems-thinking tools towards an integrated project analysis and planning approach

Cities are eligible to apply if they are: 

• Located in a member or associate member State of UN ESCAP (link); and

• A secondary city or town in the context of their country (e.g. not the capital), or the capital city with a population of less than 2 million people

Cities from countries listed on the OECD DAC List of ODA Recipients (link) will qualify for financial support through the project.

Applications are due by 23 September 2018 (Sun). For more information about the project and to apply, visit the project page (link) or email escap-edd-suds@un.org.


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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