The 1st International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities will be held in Dublin on 28th-30th September 2011.
Participants will gain an insight into critical thinking on the issue of age-friendly cities from a broad spectrum of internationally recognised practitioners and speakers. Experts come from a diverse range of perspectives including spatial planning, leadership studies, social gerontology, anthropology, transport, city transformation, psychology, architecture, health, technology, city administration, education, and evaluation studies. The conference will also capture geographically diverse age-friendly initiatives from the developed and developing world including Ireland, the UK, the USA, Eastern Europe, Africa, Canada, Japan, Singapore, China and India. World renowned speakers include Gary Lawrence, Chris Phillipson, Charles Landry, Michael Mehaffy and Etienne Wenger.
400 leaders and senior managers from existing members of the Age-friendly Cities Global Network, CEOs and senior managers of municipal authorities including planners, architects and elected representatives will share insight on age-friendly city initiatives. As the conference brings together experts involved in a broad range of age-friendly initiatives internationally, it provides a forum to meet people actively implementing age-friendly programmes at the Global Village exhibition. Participants will include senior professionals across the public, private and voluntary sectors in areas such as transport, health care and housing, research and academia, and key older people’s organisations.
Another centre piece of the conference is the Dublin Declaration on Age-Friendly Communities. This will be launched at the conference by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and signed by a core group of mayors and leaders from across the world. If you would like your municipality to endorse the Declaration please bring this important element of the conference to their attention. We’ve also developed a process whereby cities don’t have to travel to Dublin to endorse the Declaration. Further information is available by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning for the Global Village exhibition is also well underway. This informal exhibition space is an integral part of the conference programme and will provide opportunities for delegate representatives to present and showcase developments in their cities and communities throughout the three days of the conference. Already New York, Manchester, New Delhi, Lyon and Hong Kong have decided to be involved in the Village. You can get additional information about the Village at email@example.com
Full information on the conference, including the programme and the registration process is available at www.afc-internationalconference.ie.