The AFE-INNOVNET network’s overarching goal was to set up a large EU wide community of local and regional authorities and other relevant stakeholders who wanted to work together to find smart and innovative evidence based solutions to support active and healthy ageing and develop age-friendly environments. Creating age-friendly environments is one of the most effective approaches to respond to demographic change. AFE-INNOVNET aimed to mobilise an EU-wide community of local and regional authorities and other stakeholders to support the scaling-up of innovative solutions for age-friendly environments to support active and healthy ageing across Europe.

The AFE-INNOVNET consortium organised a high-level political event at the Committee of the Region in Brussels on 7th December 2015. It was the official launch of the Covenant on Demographic Change, which builds on the outcomes of the AFE-INNOVNET Thematic Network by merging with other networks and organizations to work towards their objectives together. 

On 8th December 2015, the AFE-INNOVNET Consortium organised together with WHO Europe and the European Commission a whole day during which there was several workshops for 12-15 participants in order to discuss/test the different tools developed within the framework of AFE INNOVNET and the WHO Europe’s project AFEE. These workshops mainly targeted cities and regions, but were also be open to additional participants.

A strong collaboration existed with WHO during the course of the Thematic Network thanks to the involvement of WHO-Europe in an advisory capacity into AFE-INNOVNET. In addition, the technical proposal “Age-Friendly Environments in Europe” conducted by WHO-Europe with the funding support of DG EMPL was complementary to the work to be developed by AFE-INNOVNET consortium, further cementing the collaboration between the two bodies. WHO and its many affiliates are now part of the Covenant on Demographic Change, continuing the collaboration from one era of this project to the next.

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