The Covenant on Demographic Change is the new EU-wide association gathering all local, regional and national authorities, civil society organisations, universities, and businesses, that commit to cooperate and implement evidence-based solutions to support active and healthy ageing as a comprehensive answer to Europe’s demographic challenge. The Covenant builds on the outcomes of the Thematic Network AFE-INNOVNET.
What does the Covenant aim to achieve?
To engage local and regional authorities in developing environments for active and healthy ageing that:
- empower people to live healthily, actively and independently for longer,
- enhance quality of life and well-being in later age,
- conceive public space, transport, housing and local services with the needs of all generations in mind,
- lower the pressure put on family carers and on public health and long-term care budgets.
The Covenant has been established as an international non-profit association under Belgian law. It is open to all interested parties that voluntarily commit to making age-friendly environments a reality in their communities and to share their experience with other Covenant members.
The Covenant connects and aligns with existing initiatives such as the World Health Organisation Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) and its affiliated programmes, the WHO-European Healthy Cities Network, the Dublin Declaration on age-friendly cities and communities in Europe and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA).
For further information on the Covenant, click here
To read the brochure on age-friendly environments in English, click here
The brochure is now also available in French, Italian, Polish and Spanish