WHO extends a warm welcome to the Government of Western Australia, the newest Affiliate to the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities. The WHO Global Network supports 481 cities and communities in 37 countries to become increasingly age-friendly.
Network affiliates play an essential role in advocating for the work of the Global Network and advancing knowledge and action on age-friendly environments. Affiliates, within their respective spheres of influence, support cities and communities by inspiring change, facilitating the exchange of information and experience, and enhancing access to innovative and evidence based solutions.
The Government of Western Australia is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for all its community members—including older people. The Government of Western Australia has taken a progressive approach to becoming more age-friendly. Starting with a pilot programme in the City of Melville in 2006, they have now developed an age-friendly strategic planning framework, enabling them to expand support to other local governments with a focus on rural areas. Building strong multi-sectoral partnerships that collaborate on creating age-friendly environments have been central to their approach. For example, they have led the establishment of an Age-friendly Communities Local Government network, which opens opportunities for local governments to collaborate, network, and share knowledge.
In joining the WHO Global Network, the Government of Western Australia affirms their commitment to age-friendliness and strengthens the global movement towards an age-friendly world.
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