More cities sign up as Age Friendly Cities

This blog was contributed by Emily Georghiou, Age UK’s Public Affairs Adviser – Age Action. 

I recently had the privilege to attend the 2013 signing of the Dublin Declaration on Age Friendly Cities and Communities on behalf of Age UK. Over 40 mayors and representatives were present from over 60 cities and municipalities across Europe, all committed to making their localities great places to grow old.

photoThe Dublin Declaration was originally signed in 2011, during the 1st International Conference on Age Friendly Cities.

Building on this and timed to coincide with the Irish Presidency and EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing, the Dublin Declaration 2013 includes a new EU pledge to uphold a set of principles to measure, benchmark and drive future development of age friendly cities. Continue reading “More cities sign up as Age Friendly Cities”

Age-Friendly Cities sign the Dublin Declaration

Over 40 cities from across the world signed the Dublin Declaration this week showing their commitment to creating age-friendly cities.

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Alongside Dublin and 9 counties in Ireland a diverse range of cities including Mexico City, Manchester and New York have signed up.

In doing so they have declared they will work to meet actions based on the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Cities Guide:

  • awareness of older people, their rights, their needs, their potentials.
  • developing citizen centred processes.
  • develop urban and other public places that are inclusive.
  • include housing for older people that is of the highest quality.
  • public transport systems available to older people.
  • promote the participation of older people in social and cultural life.
  • promote and support the development of employment and volunteering opportunities.
  • ensure support and health services are available to older people.

The signing ceremony was the culmination of the first WHO international conference on age-friendly cities, which aims to be the first step in building a global network of cities. The over-arching theme of the conference has been about building momentum, making sure that cities can build on the work of the pilot projects, which led to the age-friendly cities checklist. Continue reading “Age-Friendly Cities sign the Dublin Declaration”