Membership

The Covenant is an open network: all interested public authorities and stakeholders will be able to join or withdraw from the Covenant at any time. Applicants can apply to the category of their choice, provided they fulfil the criteria for membership outlined below:

  • Full members: open to all local, regional and national authorities located in the EU and EU Associated Countries, as well as to formal networks of local and regional authorities. Full members endorse the Covenant’s overarching goal and vision, including the Dublin Declaration 2013, and commit formally to implement an age-friendly environments action plan, share information with other members about their strategy and report back to the Covenant on the progress achieved.
  • Ordinary members: open to any non-profit stakeholder that endorses the Covenant’s overarching goal and vision and commits to work together with other Covenant members.
  • Associate partners: open to any for-profit stakeholder that endorses the Covenant’s overarching goal and vision and commits to work together with other Covenant members.

To ensure synergies with existing networks and foster cooperation, members of the following networks have the right to join the Covenant provided they fulfil the membership criteria mentioned above:

  • AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network
  • EIP AHA, including Reference Sites
  • WHO GNAFCC cities and communities located in the EU and EU Associated countries
  • WHO GNAFCC affiliated programmes (e.g. Age-friendly Ireland, VIDA cIDADES Portugal, Slovenian Network of Age-friendly cities, Spanish national Programme on age-friendly cities, UK network of age-friendly cities, Réseau francophone des villes amies des ainés)
  • WHO-Europe Healthy Cities Network
  • Dublin Declaration 2013 on age-friendly cities and communities

What are the benefits from joining the Covenant?

For Full members:

  • right to vote on all governance issues of the Covenant including the election of the President who must come from a Full member
  • support from the Covenant’s secretariat
  • visibility on the Covenant’s website through information/reporting on their action plan, newsletter, blog, etc. 
  • learn from each other’s experience and find partners 
  • for local authorities, automatic right to join the WHO GNAFCC
  • possibility to participate in activities such as workshops or field visits
  • partnership opportunities

For Ordinary members:

  • right to vote on governance issues of the Covenant excluding the election of the President who must come from a Full member
  • visibility on the Covenant’s website: possibility to upload content and information on the Covenant’s website (e.g. feed in the repository of good practices)
  • possibility to participate in activities such as workshops or field visits
  • partnership opportunities

For Associate partners:

  • visibility on the Covenant’s website: possibility to upload non-commercial content and information on the Covenant’s website (e.g. feed in the repository of good practices)
  • possibility to participate in activities such as workshops or field visits
  • partnership opportunities