12th Global Youth Peace Fest (GYPF-2017)

September Event 2017 India

It was the great apostle of peace Mahatma Gandhi, who gave a clarion call of ‘Be the Change’. Today, when the world is besieged by war and civil strife, young people have a crucial role to play in establishing a culture of peace. It would be apt to give a clarion call to the youth of the world to unite and ‘Be the Change’ in this effort to promote the spirit of volunteering and establish peace through non-violence. Indeed, the world today is younger than ever before and the youth has been hailed as a positive force for promoting and maintaining peace, development and change in the world. At the same time youth is affected by high rate of unemployment, armed conflict and global terrorism.

There is an urgent need to explore meaningful participation of young people in establishing the culture of peace by actively pursuing the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and connecting to the universal yearning for peace.

Over the past 11 years, the Global Youth Peace Festival has been pursuing the agenda of youth leadership and transformative change. It has also shown the way to build a global culture of volunteerism and service. The GYPF 2016 coincide with the clouds of war had gathered over India and Pakistan. We at Team GYPF managed to change the narrative by having young people from 33 countries including 19 young girls for peace from Pakistan espousing for peace.

The youth solemnly re-affirmed that we are all part of one global family – Vasudaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) — aspiring to establish peace in every corner of the globe. Human rights violation was felt as a serious concern and we should help by collecting data, providing legal services and supporting the vulnerable and marginalized population.

Annual Global Youth Peace Fest-GYPF fosters world peace through youth leadership and transformative change. GYPF is organized by young people, for young people, to represent and unite all young voices regardless of background. The objective is to crowdsource their demands and aspirations so as to ensure that young people have a voice in shaping new peaceful and sustainable world.

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS: 12th Global Youth Peace Fest -GYPF 2017

  • 20,000 strong Global Youth for Peace Assembly & One-World Peace Concert
  • International delegates expected from over 50 countries of the world.
  • 4th Asia Level Regional Meeting on theme of ‘Stop Violence Against Women’
  • Sustainability Thinking & Action Programmes
  • 4th SAARC Youth Leadership Summit 
  • Presentation of ‘Global Youth ICON Awards’
  • ‘Candle Light Vigil for World Peace’, at Indo-Pak Wagah Border, Amritsar, India

REGISTER: http://tinyurl.com/GYPFIndia2017

Global Peace Convention 2017 Audience Demographics

GPC2017 Audience Demographics

Global Peace Convention 2017 convened a diverse community of peacebuilding practitioners, youth
leaders, and experts in business, international development, and education for a unique opportunity to
explore critical global issues, share best practices, and develop innovative and action-driven solutions to
building peace and social cohesion while strengthening robust multi-stakeholder partnerships.

GPC Audience Demographics

GPDSA Statement

GLOBAL FORUM ON YOUTH LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE FOR PEACE AND DEVELOPMENT
1 March 2017, Manila, Philippines

SUMMARY

GPC 2017 was our largest Convention to date, convening 3,500+ diverse attendees from over 40
nations with a principled vision for building peace, service and and moral and innovative leadership.
The convention was followed by the convening of nearly 10,000 youths at the Global Youth Summit in
the Mall of Asia, Manila addressing the SDGs, co-sponsored by SM Cares and Global Peace Foundation
and a dynamic Global Peace Concert, along with a special technology tools training sponsored by IBM.
During the Convention, on March 1 more than 500 young leaders from 40 countries, as well as major
world development and corporate partners, participated in the Global Forum on Youth Leadership and
Service for Peace and Development, which presented innovative new strategies and partnerships to
advance a culture of service around the globe. The session participants teamed up to enhance
knowledge and strategies with regard to youth participation in fulfilling SDGs, and to form crossregional
and cross-cultural youth service networks in the region. Among the participants were
representatives of government agencies dealing with youth issues, civil society, development partners
and the private sector, who engaged in lively debates and discussions on enhancing partnerships to
address key challenges in clusters of the environment, health, disaster response, peace and youth
entrepreneurship.

Global Peace and Development Service Alliance (GPPDSA)

A signifiant outcome of the Global Service Forum was the launch of the Global Peace and Development
Service Alliance (GPDSA), a multi-sector collaboration to advance a culture of service through
promotional and programmatic initiatives, engaging corporate, government, and civil society support.
To achieve measurable impacts and establish a strong evidence-based record in answering the many
challenges of ongoing conflict and underdevelopment, the GPDSA is developing a series of initiatives in
diverse areas that include:

 A Peace Track to respond to emerging crises across borders, beginning in India and Pakistan
and eventually including the whole of South Asia, with Yuvsatta (youth for peace), an NGO
based in Chandigarh, India and Pramod Sharma as lead for this initiative.

 An Environmental Service Track encouraging sustainable waste and water management and
basic hygiene including initiatives such as Swachgraha in India, Global Interfaith WASH Alliance,
Bagmati River cleaning in Nepal, Kariobangi waste to energy project led by youths in Nairobi
Kenya, and water management with Nicholas Lee from Clean Water Unite Project (CUP) and
Shrijana Sitikhu from GPF Nepal as leads.

 A Technology and Innovation Track to support the involvement of youth in development
initiatives for sustainable livelihoods. A Tech-Expo is scheduled in Incheon, South Korea from
30th November to 3rd December for promotion of this initiative with David Yoo of Love In Lights
as the lead.

 A Disaster Preparedness and Response Service Track to mitigate the impact of natural hazards
and crisis situations such as earthquakes and typhoons with Ram Rohan Panta, coordinator of
Rise Nepal and Leonard Faustino, from GPF Philippines as leads. Phara Win Metripop from
Volunteer Service Action Thailand will be contacted to support his initiative.

2017 Upcoming Events

Major scheduled events in 2017 to promote to further build upon the launch of the Global Peace and
Development Service Alliance and promote moral and innovative youth leadership include:

 International Youth Leaders Assembly from 7th to 17th August, 2017 at the United Nations in
New York and the World Bank in Washington DC, United States of America (details at
www.iyla.info)

 12th Global Youth Peace Fest- GYPF 2017 from 29th September to 3rd October, 2017 in
Chandigarh, India and Lahore, Pakistan (details at www.peacefestindia.in).

 Technology Expo from 30th November to 3rd December, 2017 in Incheon, South Korea.

 National meetings will be organized including an upcoming APPDSA event in Kathmandu, Nepal
in April. Further details to be posted at: www.appeaeservicealliance.net.

The organizers thank IBM, SM Cares, SAP and KOICA among other sponsors for their example of
corporate social responsibility and ongoing support in promoting a global culture of service.

GLOBAL SERVICE FORUM: WORKING TOGETHER TO ACHIEVE THE 2030 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS: UNITED NATIONS, YOUTH AND MULTI-STAKEHOLDERS

 

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“SDG 2030! SDG 2030! SDG 2030!”

Hundreds of young people chanted together in a display of solidarity and commitment to harness their energy, skills and passion to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the Global Service Forum in Manila, Philippines. An elite panel representing international businesses and NGO’s opened the forum, part of the 2017 Global Peace Convention.

Dr. Marco E. Roncarati, Social Affairs Officer for the United Nations ESCAP, opened the session describing three key points for youth to drive the 17 SDGs to completion: knowledge, experience, and action. Dr. Roncarati described the importance of knowledge as an “all-encompassing” component, summarizing humanity’s ancient traditions since the beginning of history. “Knowledge is valued but it has to be applicable to solving problems,” he said. He encouraged the audience of young people to tie wisdom and knowledge of the past to the relevance of the present time, utilizing technology to capture evidence. In order to make a lasting impact, stated Dr. Roncarati, “we have to understand what works.”

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Pointing to the excitement in the room, Dr. Roncarti highlighted the energy of youth, fostered through the experience of service, as a key component to change. Ms. Diane Melley, Vice President of the Global Citizenship Initiative for IBM, echoed the high demand for collaborative action saying, “It really is, in each of our initiatives, about partnerships. The world is changing too fast, and those changes are too profound for any of us to manage alone.” 

Another advocate for inter-organizational cooperation, Ambassador Young-mok Kim, former President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), invited the young audience to utilize their open-mindedness as a tool to expand their network to create a ripple effect of change. “The world is not ours,” said the Ambassador, nodding to the older leaders on the panel. “Youth understanding and commitment is more important than our generation. Young people, you do not have enmity. When we are young, we have open-mindedness. We can be friends with anyone. We are curious. It is up to you to make the world more open.”

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Mr. Pramod Sharma, Founder and President of Yuvsatta, an NGO working to empower young people internationally for peace, uplifted yet another unique quality of youth: innately creative problem solvers capable of achieving peace as long as they are invigorated with a common vision and higher purpose. “If young people are not involved, these Development Goals will remain only as slogans,” said Mr. Sharma, “We need globally a network of young leaders who believe in themselves, who have no fears and who are out in the community promoting good.”

Before concluding the session, Mr. Naam Deo, CEO of the Sarvagya Foundation, directed the whole assembly in a couple minutes of meditation. The calm silence provided an exercise for change makers to focus on the present. Too often, busy minds perceive happiness and peace as a “thing of the future,” when instead, as advocates for global peace, leaders should practice clarity of the present to instigate speedy transformation.

Mr. David Caprara, Vice President of Global Peace Foundation Office of Strategic Partnerships applauded the application, mentioning figures like Gandhi and Mandela. “People of history that moved the world were people of meditation,” Mr. Caprara reflected. “They were people of great faith that dreamed a great dream.”

The Global Service Forum Opening was followed by five working sessions, including Public Private Partnership in Community Development; Engaging CSR and Employee Skill-Based Volunteering with Community-Based Development; Disaster Risk Reduction and Youth Capacity Building: Philippines and Rise Nepal Case Studies; Clean Water and Environmental Service Initiatives; and All Lights Villages and SDG Research Tutorial: Impact Evaluation Baseline Tools.

GLOBAL YOUTH SUMMIT 2017 DRAWS THOUSANDS TO COMMIT TO ‘MORAL AND INNOVATIVE’ LEADERSHIP

By Emiko Perea, for Global Peace Foundation

Speakers, participants from the 2017 Global Peace Convention and international guests from thirty-five countries assembled at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on March 3 for the Global Youth Summit, an inspirational program to clarify and uplift the values that can guide future leaders in addressing the urgent issues in the twenty-first century. 

The event, “Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development,” adopted from the Global Peace Convention theme, focused on the essential leadership qualities required to bring about peace and shared prosperity.  Many participants are actively involved in groups dedicated to resolving global problems, such as hunger, poverty, and climate change.

In opening remarks, Dr. Hyun Jin Moon, the chairman of Global Peace Foundation, said, “Young people are the future, they are driven by a passion that leads to ownership of a dream which leads to making the dream a reality. ‘If one person has a dream,’” he said, quoting the Mongol leader Genghis Khan, “‘it is only a dream, but if all people share that dream, it becomes a reality.’”  Likewise, Dr. Moon believed that youth leadership could make his dream for a united Korea a reality.

Other speakers addressed particular global issues, and the leadership responsibilities needed to resolve problems or guide society through the complexities of change.  Karen Davila, broadcaster for ABS-CBN, spoke of the power of social media.  According to Davila, social media can easily manipulate the popular opinion through exposing users to news sources or opinion that only share a similar point of view.  She advised avoiding online harassment and so-called fake news that cite no reputable sources.  She said that young people were the major users of social media, therefore they had the power to influence the world.

Another speaker, Anne Curtis, celebrity ambassador of UNICEF, said the lack of quality education for children was a pressing issue with implications for the future.  She said that education in childhood is crucial for development.  The songs and rhymes you learned in your childhood stay with you throughout your life, she reflected, therefore childhood education is crucial for the rest of your life. “Be the initiative you want to be and share with your community how quality education is actually important,” she advised.   

The summit further celebrated youth leadership by rewarding winning project proposals from groups of young people.  These proposals were in response to the issues discussed by the speakers, and the winners were presented with cash awards for their contribution towards peace.

A constant high, positive energy elevated everyone at the summit. Speakers and audience were regularly engaged with each other, and participants were encouraged to ask questions or share their thoughts on global issues.  There were also social media contests and raffles for uploading pictures and posts about the summit.  

Participants found the summit memorable and inspiring, leaving many hopeful about resolving the difficult world issues in their lifetime.  One delegate said he found the Global Youth Summit amazing by informed him on global trends and role of the youth in leadership.   Another participant said that he realized the importance of youth leadership, and that the next generation will be the mission force in bringing change. 

Global Peace Youth Philippines and SM Cares organized the Global Youth Summit, which was also supported by Commission on Higher Education and Department of Education.