Towards a new approach to standards that support active and healthy ageing to engage with users of all age groups.
Following the PROGRESSIVE project final Conference, STAIR-AHA has released a statement which calls on standardisers, policy-makers and socio-economic actors involved in standardisation to:
Ensure the compliance of the standards developed with a set of ethical principles which echoes the founding European values of respect and dignity in the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights;
Raise awareness of the benefits of the inclusion of older people – as experts regarding their own needs and preferences – in standards development;
Improve the inclusion of a wider range of stakeholders in the standardisation process and engage older people ́s representatives in order to ensure a better fit of standards with the needs and preferences of older people;
Make the standardisation process accessible in accordance with design-for-all principles so as to facilitate the participation of civil society representatives (examples of work could encompass user interfaces and built environments that are friendly, accessible and usable).
ETSI – the European Telecommunications Standards Institute – has opened a survey which aims at gathering requirements of all stakeholders in the Smart Cities community, with the intention to ensure a participation of citizens as well as representatives of cities, service operators, solution providers, etc.
The ISHF 2019 will aim through a series of diverse events on the one hand to highlight the importance of access to decent housing for all, while on the other hand to celebrate the long tradition of public, cooperative and social housing across the globe and recognise the need to adapt our systems to meet current and future housing challenges as the human and economic costs of neglect grows.
Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission, local politicians and academia will provide some highlights on common challenges and solutions for conceiving urban and rural planning with the lens of age-friendly concepts and practices.
The event is also an occasion to share tools and insights paving the way to European strategies putting citizens’ needs on the agenda of European policies.