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About the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities

WHO Disclaimer: The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted and dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement. Please note that this map reflects members in the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities at the time of update and
may not reflect the most recent changes in membership. This map has been updated with support from the WHO GIS Centre for Health.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established in 2010 to connect cities, communities and organizations worldwide with the common vision of making their community a great place to grow old in. As a response to global population ageing and rapid urbanisation, it focuses on action at the local level that fosters the full participation of older people in community life and promotes healthy and active ageing.

The mission of the Network is to stimulate and enable cities and communities around the world to become increasingly age-friendly. The Network 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.

Membership to the Network is not an accreditation for age-friendliness. Rather, it reflects cities’ commitment to listen to the needs of their ageing population, assess and monitor their age-friendliness and work collaboratively with older people and across sectors to create age-friendly physical and social environments. Membership is also a commitment to share experience, achievements and lessons learnt with other cities and communities.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities currently includes 1542 cities and communities in 51 countries, covering over 320 million people worldwide.

If you want to join the Network or find out more about what actions communities are taking please: