Youth friendly cities and the demographic renewal of the periphery

Youth friendly cities and the demographic renewal of the periphery

Rapid urbanization, diversity of cities, the new urban agenda’s requirement to take into account the needs of all residents, regardless of age, highlight the contribution of cities to the development and prosperity of their inhabitants throughout their lives. Age-friendly cities are a key element to economic and social development, and the role that young people can play in building viable cities can turn urban-related challenges into opportunities for economic progress and quality of life. The UN-Habitat program has already highlighted the role of children and young people in urban development strategies, giving emphasis, among other things, to social prevention and urban planning, stressing the positive role of young people being indispensable “resources” for the viability of cities and not “problems” that need to be addressed.