Launch of the Covenant on Demographic Change

07-12-2015 to 09-12-2015
Committee of the Regions, Brussels, Belgium

The Covenant on Demographic Change will be launched on 7 December 2015 at the Committee of the Regions (Brussels), with the support of the European Commission and the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network.

The Covenant on Demographic Change will engage local and regional authorities, and other relevant stakeholders, committed to develop environments that support active and healthy ageing and contribute to increase the healthy life expectancy, enhance independent living and well-being of older persons and create a society for all ages

It will closely cooperate and build on existing initiatives such as the WHO Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the WHO-Europe Healthy City Network, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, in the spirit of the 2013 Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe.

The following two days, 8 and 9 December, workshops will be organised to support local and regional authorities in developing and implementing an action plan on age-friendly environments.

8-9 December 2015, Brussels “Innovation for age-friendly environments in Europe: joint AFE-INNOVNET and AFEE workshops for policy makers”

The main purpose of these workshops is to support the design and practical implementation of action plans for age-friendly communities. Therefore these two-day events are open to experts and policy makers both from communities that have already committed to age-friendly actions and communities that are considering doing so in the future. The workshops will therefore support the goals of the Covenant.

After having been presented the outcomes and tools of AFE-INNOVNET and AFEE (Age-Friendly Environment in Europe, WHO Regional Office for Europe) in a plenary session, participants will breakout in several workshops to discuss in smaller groups how local and regional authorities can use each other’s experience to develop and implement action plans on age-friendly environments.

These workshops will cover a broad range of topics, from participatory approaches in initial needs’ assessments and planning, to the design of action plans in cross-sectoral cooperation, the definition of outputs and outcomes, and finally the monitoring and evaluation of results.

Both events can only accommodate a limited number of participants. Should you be interested in receiving further information, please fill in the form here

To read more about the Covenant, click here.