Join the Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC)

An age-friendly city or community is a place where people want to grow older, and which fosters healthy and active ageing.

The vision of the GNAFCC is that every city and community strives to become increasingly age friendly. Creating age-friendly environments requires a process across the life course that progressively improves the fit between people’s needs and the environments in which they live.

GNAFCC now has new membership documents. The document is available in English, Spanish, and Japanese.

In 2015, WKC published the “Measuring the age-friendliness of cities: a guide to using core indicators”, which provides technical guidance on selecting and using core indicators, monitoring and evaluating Age-friendly City initiatives.

Dementia has gained international attention through a Global Action Plan

Looking down on Committee A of the Seventieth World Health Assembly.
WHO/L. Cipriani

On 29th May 2017, the 70th World Health Assembly convened in Geneva, Switzerland, endorsed a “Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia, 2017-2025” and committed to developing national strategies and implementation plans. This action plan will support ongoing and future plans for public health programmes on dementia in Japan and other countries undergoing rapid population ageing. The WHO Kobe Centre is currently collaborating with the University of Kobe on a major research study on the early detection and intervention for older people at risk of dementia.

The global plan outlines comprehensive approaches to address dementia in public health, improving the lives of people with dementia, their families and the people who care for them. It also aims at reducing the impact of dementia on communities and countries. Areas for action include advocacy, fostering dementia awareness and friendliness, reducing the risk of dementia and improvement in diagnosis, treatment and care.

Tobacco – a threat to development

The theme for World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2017, is "Tobacco – a threat to development." It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.

It is not only governments who can step up tobacco control efforts: people can contribute on an individual level to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world. People can commit to never take up tobacco products. Those who do use tobacco can quit the habit, or seek help in doing so, which will in turn protect their health as well as people exposed to second-hand smoke, including children, other family members and friends.

You can download the poster in Japanese from the link below.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus elected WHO Director-General

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General-Elect, with Dr Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, and Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General
WHO/L. Cipriani

23 May 2017 – the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will succeed Dr Margaret Chan, who has been WHO’s Director-General since 1 January 2007.

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