The Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in Europe

Values and principles of action

1. We draw on the inspiration of the WHO policy framework on active ageing in which active ageing is defined as ‘the process of optimising opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age, allowing people to realise their potential for physical, social and mental well-being throughout their lives and to participate in society according to their needs, desires and capabilities, while providing them with adequate protection, security and care when they require assistance.

2. We fully endorse the principles and actions of the strategic priority area of agefriendly, supportive environments within the WHO Strategy and action plan for healthy ageing in Europe (...), the UN Principles for Older Persons and their emphasis on independence, dignity, self-fulfilment, participation and care (...), and the priority directions of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing promoting older persons and development, advancing health and well-being into old age and ensuring enabling and supportive environments.

3. We acknowledge the value and contribution of the WHO work with cities towards age-friendly communities, and WHO guidance to help cities and communities become more supportive of older people by addressing their needs across eight dimensions: the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services; and we will adopt these guidelines as they are adapted to fit the European context.

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