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Global Network for Age Friendly Cities and Communities

Last updated: 14/06/2017 5:45 PM
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Since 2006, Western Australia has worked towards becoming age-friendly.

In recognition of this long standing commitment, the State of Western Australia has been accepted as an affiliate member of the World Health Organisation’s Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

WA is the first Australian State or Territory to join this prestigious group and has a significant role in supporting age-friendly communities worldwide.

Currently the global network includes 400 cities and communities in 37 countries, covering over 146 million people worldwide and 13 affiliated programs.

As an affiliate member, the WA State Government will share and learn from the experiences of agencies across the globe who are committed to creating an age-friendly world.

What is the Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities?

The World Health Organisation created the Global Network in 2010 to connect cities, communities and organisations worldwide with the common vision of making their community a great place to grow old. The network focusses on action at the local level that fosters the full participation of older people in community life and promotes healthy ageing.

Becoming a member of the network provides cities and communities with an international platform to better connect and share their learnings from age-friendly practices. Global Network membership reflects and acknowledges a commitment to listen to the needs of an ageing population.

Currently in WA, the City of Melville, Rockingham and Fremantle are members of the Global Network. 

Affiliate membership recognises the important role that civil society, community networks and government agencies have in developing age-friendly communities. Affiliates are age-friendly networks or government initiatives working to promote and enable age-friendly environments at a regional level.

Just as city and community members do, affiliate members will actively promote the age-friendly approach and support the continued growth of the Global Network.

For more information, please contact the department.