The Covenant on Demographic Change aims at gathering all local, regional and national authorities, and other stakeholders, that commit to cooperate and implement evidence-based solutions to support active and healthy ageing as a comprehensive answer to Europe’s demographic challenge.

It supports local and regional authorities, and other stakeholders, in developing environments for active and healthy ageing that: 

  • improve healthy life year expectancy (HLY); 
  • enhance opportunities for independent living of older people and;
  • support a society for all ages.

To reach these objectives, the Covenant is open to all interested parties (i.e. local, regional and national authorities, as well as civil society organisations, industries, research centres and universities) that voluntarily commit to making age-friendly environments a reality in their communities and to share their experience with other Covenant members.

Full members of the Covenant commit to develop an action plan on age-friendly environments, i.e. one or several of the eight domains of the WHO age-friendly environments approach: housing, transport, community services and health services, outdoor spaces and buildings, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information. Such plan has to set priorities to help the public authority become (more) age-friendly, with the help of Ordinary and Associate members.

The Covenant is aligned 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), in order to work in a coordinated approach.The Covenant is established as an international non-for-profit association under the Belgian Law.

Read more in the Covenant's leaflet or in the Covenant's brochure in: