Global Forum on Youth Leadership and service for Peace and Development
1 March 2017, Manila, Philippines
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 cross-regional 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.