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.
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