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About the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities



Network Map August 2016

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 541 cities and communities in 37 countries, covering over 179 million people worldwide.

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