From 2-4 October 2017, The Hague, the first city in the Netherlands to join the WHO Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities, will be hosting the Age-friendly Cities Conference The Hague on innovation, health and active ageing. As city council we work closely with our residents, volunteers and businesses to create the ideal environment to promote the vitality, independence and social engagement of the people of The Hague. We drive this process in part with the use of technology and other innovations. I am proud that The Hague, as a member of the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities, is organising this conference and offering you the perfect opportunity to gain inspiration and explore the possibilities with one another. This conference will give you the opportunity to share ideas and experiences relating to age-friendly cities and innovations in healthcare with participants from all around the world. The main themes of the conference: diversity, participation, accessibility, ageing, vitality and ICT, will be addressed by several keynote speakers and in a number of workshops. The workshops and seminars will be organised at various locations throughout The Hague where you will be able to see and experience first-hand how the city is making itself age-friendly.

Karsten Klein
Deputy Mayor and Alderman
responsible for Economic Affairs, Harbours, Welfare and Health


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Festive Closing Ceremony at The Pier

In conclusion of the Age-friendly Cities Conference, there will be a Festive Closing Ceremony at The Pier in Scheveningen on Wednesday October 4th. Here, elderly and professionals will be brought together to participate in various cultural activities, ranging from theatre to painting. There are many cultural activities in The Hague especially for the elderly. However, not many are aware of the existence and accessibility. With this event we will showcase a range of cultural initiatives that take place in The Hague on a daily basis, in order to stimulate own initiative and participation.


Karsten Klein (fotograaf: Roos Trommelen)
Gerben Hagenaars

Deputies of the cities

Esme Ward
Frédéric Lauscher
Karsten Klein (fotograaf: Roos Trommelen)
Gerben Hagenaars
Donna Corrado
Christiane Schubring
Paul McGarry
Victor Calise


Anne-Sophie Parent
Dr. Deirdre Beneken genaamd Kolmer
Dorien Voskuil
Joris Slaets
Joris Wijsmuller
Laura Christ
Mary W. Craig
Nick Guldemond
P.W. (Paul) Doop MSc
Andy Bleaden
Christiaan Rademaker
Eva Rönnko
Eveline van de Putte
Hariëtte Mingoen
Lola Casal-Sanchez
Margo van Rheenen
Suzan van der Pas

Workshop directors

Roy Wesenhagen
Jan Booij
Helma Wigmans
Janneke van Reeuwijk
Joost van Vliet
Mark Singleton
Willeke van Staalduinen