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Public Health (13-06-2013)

EU Summit on Active and Healthy Ageing – Dublin, June 13-14, 2013

A two day summit, actively supported by the European Commission, opens today in Dublin. The event, which aims to develop an 'Action Agenda for European Cities and Communities' is being held in association with the Irish Presidency and is being jointly organised by the Ageing Well Network and the Global Coalition on Ageing in collaboration with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. It is also actively supported by the World Health Organisation's Age Friendly Cities and Healthy Cities programmes.

The goals of the summit are:

  • To develop Europe-wide leadership support for a new agenda on ageing, to show how population ageing - if properly planned, can be a stimulus for economic growth and inclusive development across the EU.
  • To forge a sustainable European network of thought leaders and influencers to contribute to tangible solutions for an age-friendly Europe.

The summit will showcase some of the best age-friendly innovations from across Europe and the globe. Another key feature of the event is the signing of the Dublin Declaration on Age Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe 2013 by mayors from cities and municipalities across Europe who have a mandate to sign. This Declaration builds on the original 2011 declaration, with a specific European framework linked to key developments within the EU.