Innovation for age-friendly environments in Europe: joint AFE-INNOVNET and AFEE workshop for policy-makers

8–9 December 2015, Brussels, Belgium

European local and regional policy-makers meet on 8 and 9 December in Brussels to exchange experiences and build capacity for creating age-friendly environments in Europe. The workshop is organized jointly by the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the European Commission and the Thematic Network on Innovation for Age-friendly Environments (AFE-INNOVNET). The 2-day event will involve experts and policy-makers both from communities that have already committed to age-friendly actions and those that are considering doing so.

The aim of the workshop is to support local policy-makers in designing and implementing strategies and action plans for age-friendly communities by presenting and disseminating the outcomes of two European Commission-sponsored projects: the Age-friendly Environments in Europe (AFEE) project led by WHO/EURO and AFE-INNOVNET. Participants will discuss how local and regional authorities can use each other's experience to create supportive environments that are responsive to the needs of older people.

Age-friendly environments have been singled out as one of four strategic areas for policy interventions in WHO/EURO's Strategy and action plan for healthy ageing in Europe, 2012–2020 and in the draft WHO global strategy and action plan on ageing and health. The workshop will build the capacity of local and regional authorities in Europe in a broad range of areas, from participatory approaches in initial needs assessments and planning, to the design of cross-sectoral cooperation, definition of outputs and outcomes and monitoring and evaluating the results.

Both the AFEE and the AFE-INNOVNET projects support the goals of the Covenant on Demographic Change, which will be launched on 7 December 2015 in Brussels.