Membership to the Global Network

Cities and communities in the Network are of different sizes and are located in different parts of the world. Their efforts to become more age-friendly take place within very diverse cultural and socio-economic contexts. What all members of the Network do have in common is the desire and commitment to create accessible physical and inclusive social urban environments that promote healthy and active ageing and a good quality of life for their older residents. They share their learnings with others and thus contribute their local experience to a global response to population ageing.

Who can join?

While global in outreach, the Network focuses on action at the local level. Any local government with a commitment to becoming more age-friendly and the decision-making power to do so is welcome to join. At this point in time the network does not extend to states or nations. Age-friendly programmes or networks at regional or national level might consider joining the Network as an Affiliated Programme instead. Membership is reserved for cities, communities and programmes in WHO Member States.

Criteria for membership

Cities are not required to have achieved age-friendliness at the time of joining the Network. However, they must commit to working towards it. Cities and communities can join the Network with the commitment by the political leadership to engage in this process and they are welcome to remain in the Network for as long as they stay engaged and share their experience with fellow members.

Advantages of membership

Membership allows cities and communities to:

  • Connect with a global network of ageing experts, including senior officials, programme managers, researchers and older people themselves.
  • Stay informed about Age-friendly City and Community projects, meetings and events.
  • Guidance on approaches for developing and implementing Age-friendly City and Community approaches.
  • Access to good age-friendly practices
  • Share own progress and learnings and support other to do the same
  • Be inspired by what others have achieved

What does it cost to participate?

There is no membership fee but participation in the Network requires a commitment to invest time and resources in developing an age-friendly environment in all aspects, and to share learnings and achievements with fellow Network members.

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