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Название: «Развитие проекта «Город где старость в радость, - город для всех возрастов» в Европе»
дата 18.09.2012 город Уфа

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  • Introduction to Age Platform -
  • AGE Platform is a advocacy organization- we try to influence governments and policy makers to change behaviour so that it acknowledges the needs of older people. There are so many policy initiatives that take place in the EU context.. Not all governments do or can do a huge amount but we are trying to push them in so many ways. AFC needs commitment not a lot of money- it focuses on the needs of older people. So here are a number of important initiatives that AGE was active in promoting with the Commission, with the Committee of the Regions - have produced guidelines, books for regional and local authorities to try and help them see how they must shift attitudes to incorporating the needs and active participaiton of older people.
  • UN Convention od Rights of People with Disabilities. European Innovative Partnership - Active Healthy Aging These are EU institutions but there are others that cover all of Europe e.g. Council of Europe - with human rights as one of its central concerns. And WHO - WHO Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) and WHO Europe Healthy Cities Network web community on age-friendly communities bring together local authorities committed to promote healthy ageing through making their environment more age-friendly. AGE Platform pushing for a much wider notion of age friendly - in cooperation with WHO - the Covenant
  • The WHO Age-Friendly cities network focuses on actions for ageing: this Covenant would be indeed broader than this: encompassing many dimensions of Demographic Change within the European context. The local authorities signatories of the Covenant would be encouraged to adopt WHO policy frameworks and guidance on age-friendly environments, to join the WHO network of cities that cooperate on age-friendly policies and to get actively involved in the EIP-AHA and other relevant EU initiatives. There are already 45 EU cities involved in the GNAFCC (June 2012) and more than 90 cities and towns from 30 countries in the Healthy Cities networks - plus those also linked through national, regional, metropolitan and thematic groups involved in the WHO Europe Healthy Cities Network web community on age-friendly communities. Their experience could be very useful for other EU cities. WHO networks are open to local authorities only - the Proposal for the Covenant would be open to both local and regional authorities to reflect EU governance system. A good coordination between the different governance levels is essential to ensure a maximum impact. As experience show through the Covenant of Mayors on climate change, it is this multi-level governance approach that has deemed it so successful (based on the model of the Covenant of Mayors on climate change)/ and coordinate better their action toward the relevant Europe 2020 flagship initiatives
  • The more the merrier - plus we are all involved in this - IFA too. Never forget that politicians get older and they have their mothers to worry about - lobbying is an essential task.
  • A huge amount of information available - see the web site. Always please to hear from others outise the EU, as to what is occurring - to form alliances. All on the same side. Evident in the Huamn Rights work.
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    1. 1. 1Age friendly communitiesin the EU - beyond WHO Dr.Elizabeth Mestheneos UFO, Russian Federation. Conference 18-19th September 2012
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    4. 4. The European and International Policy framework  The European Year 2012 for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generation: raising awareness on older peoples concerns and added value http://ec.europa. eu/social/ey2012.jsp?langId=en  The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing - EIP AHA: enabling citizens to lead health, active and independent lives when ageing, responding to the challenges of ageing, working for an age-friendly European Union  The International Action Plan on Ageing and WHO Age- Friendly Cities: mainstreaming ageing issues into development and implementation agendas worldwide.
    5. 5. Building bridges:the EIP AHA and the EY 2012
    6. 6. Age-friendly communities-- New Action for the EU 2012 Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity, Age Platform plus the EU Committee of the Regions and other organizations, pushing for action at local and regional levels- - European Covenant of Mayors on Active Healthy Ageing; this would be a European Covenant on Demographic Change- important as a way of creating the necessary political framework to bring together local and regional authorities - and other stakeholders across the EU - who want to find smart and innovative solutions to support active and healthy ageing, youth participation and development, through the exchange of experience and working together to develop age-friendly environments
    7. 7. Co-operation - Working with your local government to create supportfor the WHO Age Friendly Communities/Cities.-Inform AGE Platform of actions that work well in yourcountry in promoting intergenerational solidarity, increating employment, in successful work to promoteolder people’s interests with and by Regionalgovernment and Local government.- Use AGE Platform’s material on line to inspireyourselves. Age members are small and large NGOs -together we form a large voice of experienced peoplewho can help to push our communities in directionswhich include the active participation of all older people.
    8. 8. AGE Platform EuropeRue Froissart 1111040 Bruxelles – Belgiquetel. : +32.2.280.14.70fax : +32.2.280.15.22www.age-platform.eu
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