Euskadi Lagunkoia good Age-Friendliness practices

September 14 from 9:30 to 13:30

Palacio Europa. Vitoria-Gasteiz





In an age-friendly city, policies, services,
environments and structures support and facilitate
the active ageing of people.
(OMS, 2002)


Euskadi Lagunkoia”  is a project of the Department of Employment and Social Policies of the Basque Government in collaboration with Matia Instituto, which is aimed at promoting participation of citizens as well as the public, private and social sector to develop a movement to foster age-friendly living environments. This initiative is based on the “Age-friendly Environments Programme” promoted by the World Health Organisation.

At the present time more than 50 cities and towns throughout the Basque Country are members of this Network and more than 600 are in the world Network of the WHO.

The II Conference “Good European Age-Friendliness Practices” is part of this project. 

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Who it is aimed at

  • People involved in friendliness projects in different towns and cities.
  • Associations and NGOs that work towards improving the quality of life and common good.
  • Professionals and experts in the field of ageing, town-planning and social innovation.
  • Public policy-planners and -makers.
  • Citizens in general.

What objectives does it aim to achieve?

  • Reflect on the challenges and needs of towns, villages and cities in adapting to the ageing process.
  • Share innovative and creative experiences in the framework of friendliness undertaken in other countries and cities.
  • Learn how different practices have developed and their possibilities of replicability in the Basque context.
  • Disseminate Good Practices collected in the Good Practices Bank of Euskadi Lagunkoia.
  • Showcase good practices developed by entities in the Basque country that stand out for their innovation and efficiency in terms of friendliness.
  • Present the “Euskadi Lagunkoia Best Age-Friendly Practice Award


Simultaneous translation Spanish-English.
Presented by Andrea Arrizabalaga. Host of the'Teleberri' of ETB.

09:00-9:30 Reception and collection of information
09:30-10:00 Inauguration
Beatriz Artolazabal Albeniz
Consejera de Empleo y Políticas Sociales
Peio López de Munain
First Deputy Mayor of Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council
10:00-10:30 Opening conference:
10 Years of the Age-Friendly movement: Advances, learning and challenges.
Alex Kalache.
President and founder of International Longevity Centre Brazil, global ambassador of HelpAge International and ex-Director of the Department of Ageing and Life Course of the World Health Organisation.

Table 1: Good practices in Europe

  • The French experience: Réseau Francophone des Villes Amies des Aînés.
    Angélique Giacomini.
    Responsible for education and research at the Francophone Network of age-friendly cities. 
  • Building a world-class ageing innovation ecosystem in Europe.
    Stephen Johnston.
    Co-founder of Aging2.0 and CEO of Fordcastle.
  • Tackling Loneliness in the UK: Campaign to End Loneliness.
    Fiona Murphy.
    Campaign Manager.
11:30-12:00 Coffee break
  Presentation “Fenómenos do Rural” (Rural phenomena) by Joseba Muruzabal

Table 2: Good practices in Spain

  • Superblocks: Town planning at the service of citizens. Barcelona
    Berta Cormenzana.
    Urban Ecology Projects manager at the Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona. Technical coordinator of “superilles”/superblocks.
  • miPlaza: App for neighbourhood living. Canary Islands.
    Cristina Suarez.
    Director miPlaza.
  • Experiencing District: Collaborative development of ideas for neighborhoods. Madrid.
    Lorena Ruiz.
    Coordinator " Experiencing District ".
13:00-13:30 Presentation of the “Euskadi Lagunkoia Award “Best age-friendly practice” and Closure.

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