Healthy Ageing Task Force meeting

26–27 March 2014, Györ, Hungary

Healthy ageing has been a core theme of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network since 2003. In 2012, the WHO European Healthy Cities Subnetwork on Healthy Ageing was officially launched, with the aim of providing leadership, coordination and exchange on activities for healthy ageing within the WHO European Healthy Cities Network. In Phase V of the the WHO European Healthy Cities Network (2009–2013), 18 cities from 10 European countries joined this group of pioneers for healthy ageing. The subnetwork cities have strengthened their commitments for healthy ageing and shared experiences with cutting-edge policies. 

During the last meeting of the WHO European Healthy Cities Subnetwork on Healthy Ageing in Izmir, Turkey, cities confirmed their interest and commitment to continue their cooperation during Phase VI. As a more fitting label, the WHO European Healthy Cities Task Force on Healthy Ageing has been proposed (with Healthy Ageing Task Force as an informal name). During the meeting in Izmir, it was also suggested that the Healthy Ageing Task Force continue to work with the participating cities from Phase V. This allows a continuation of work during the current transition period until the applications and designations for Phase VI are completed. The next meeting of the Healthy Ageing Task Force will be held on 26–27 March 2014, kindly hosted by the City of Györ, Hungary.  

The Healthy Ageing Task Force will collaborate in a mutually supportive partnership towards specific aims and deliverables aligned with the overall four core priorities for action in phase VI:

  • applying a life-course approach and empowering people;
  • tackling the major health challenges of noncommunicable diseases;
  • strengthening people-centred health systems and public health capacity; and
  • creating supportive environments and resilient communities.

These priorities resonate with the overarching goals and directions of the new European policy framework for health and well-being – Health 2020 and the WHO Strategy and Action Plan for Healthy Ageing in Europe, 2012–2020, which have been adopted by all 53 Member States of the European Region.