About the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities
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, 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. Cities and communities join the Network with a commitment to becoming more age-friendly and to share their experience, achievements and lessons learnt with others. The Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities provides a global platform for information exchange, mutual learning and support. Membership 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 accessible physical environments, inclusive social environments, and an enabling service infrastructure.
The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities currently includes 400 cities and communities in 37 countries, covering over 146 million people worldwide.