“Developing Healthy and Age Friendly Cities in the PRC: From Planning to Practice”


While the achievements and benefits of rapid urbanization in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are remarkable, it is clear also that severe challenges remain. Among these are the numerous health related challenges derived from large-scale migration, ageing, pollution, shifts in diet and lifestyle, and social inequality. Similarly, the PRC faces tremendous challenges in addressing the needs and ensuring the well- being of its elderly population. This issue goes beyond the health and social care systems to the need to develop urban infrastructure which also serves disabled and aging populations.The PRC Government has been taking actions to address these challenges and in 2016 passed the Healthy China 2030 Policy which clearly calls for all ministries to play a role in making the urban environments of China support healthy and safe lifestyles. Prior to this, the New-Type Urbanization National Plan was approved in 2014 which prioritizes the development of people-centered and health-oriented cities. In both of these policy contexts there is increasing attention to developing age friendly cities which serve the needs of all citizens, and particularly those of the elderly.Tongji University and ADB are co-hosting a workshop to discuss this important topic and the role of the urban sector in shaping the future of cities in PRC. The discussions will include the physical features such as housing, transport, public spaces, universal design and urban services that are critical for achieving urban health development and management and improving the livability for the elderly and the disabled. Through different sessions, presenters will share global, regional and PRC initiatives that are at the forefront of innovative solutions in adapting cities to meet these health challenges and the needs of an aging urban populations.