Salem Al Qasimi chairs Sharjah’s meeting on preparing age-friendly cities

SHARJAH, The Supreme Committee to prepare Sharjah to join the Global Network for Age-friendly Cities convened its second meeting of 2018 under the chairmanship of Sheikh Salem bin Abdulrahman Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Ruler’s Office.

The meeting was held to follow up on the strategic plan approved by the Sharjah Executive Council, during which the committee discussed the recommendations and results of the previous meeting.

The meeting reviewed the progress made in achieving the standards of age-friendly cities in the emirate of Sharjah, set by the WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities.

The Supreme Committee also reviewed the statistics of the second half of 2017 and praised the great support by all government departments and institutions in Sharjah. The statistics showed a rise in the number of available standards to 131, compared with 92 in July 2017, with an increase of 20 percent, reflecting the extent of the efforts made by the competent services. On the other hand, the percentage of standards that still need improvement has decreased by 14.3 percent, from 75 to 48, while non-available standards decreased to 6.3.

The proposals submitted by the Social Services Department and the Municipalities and Agriculture Affairs Department to enhance and achieve more goals were also addressed at the meeting.

The Supreme Committee thanked the Sharjah Government’s various departments, bodies and institutions for their efforts and cooperation to achieve the indicators of the strategic plan, pointing out the progress achieved in various indicators and tracks, reflecting the importance of concerted efforts of all parties to achieve the vision of the emirate being age-friendly.

Source: Emirates News Agency