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Global Forum on Youth Leadership and Service for Peace and Development

At the millennium summit in September 2000, world leaders adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, commit- ting to a new global multi-sector partnership to reduce extreme poverty and achieve other development outcomes with a deadline of 2015. While there were some failures in implementing some of the goals, the global leaders have regrouped and included the youth as major actors in post- 2015 development agenda. In September 2015, the UN ad- opted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Youth organizations, multilateral service partners, UN bodies, NGOs and other private sector stakeholders need to find common ground in shared principles and values to most effectively tackle the daunting challenges of sustainable development and youth engagement in positive social change. The Global Forum on Youth Leadership and Service for Peace and Development will bring together global partners and stakeholders to assess progress, priorities and best practices in meeting sustainable development goals. The Forum will advance an action agenda to engage youth in cross-cultural service to encourage entrepreneurship, promote opportunity and counter the appeal of violent extremism.

Global Forum on Youth Leadership and Service for Peace and Development Session SummaryDescriptions:

March 1 Global Peace Youth Assembly


Moral and Innovative Leadership: New Models for Peace and Development

The Global Peace Youth Assembly will share vision and values empowering youth as moral and innovative leaders creating new models for peace and development. In addition, models and best practices created by youth will be shared   to inspire young people to take leadership and ownership over the 2030 goals.

March 1 Global Service Forum

The Global Service Forum will contribute to foster youth volunteering partnership actions in specific issue cluster areas including: health and environmental service, disaster response, interfaith and youth peace building, youth entrepreneurship and  education.

A research consortium among universities and think tanks will also be engaged to document the evidence of contributions of youth and community-led projects to SDG outcomes.

2:00-3:00pm Opening Session: Working Together to Achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations, Youth and Multi-stakeholders

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda titled Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Following the adoption, UN agencies, under the umbrella of the United Nations Development Group, decided    to support a campaign by several independent entities, among them corporate institutions and International Organizations. The overall success of the SDGs depends on youth engagement   because youth are critical thinkers, change makers, innovators, communicators and leaders. Young people are active drivers of change in local communities. Young people have a role in engaging people at the grassroots level and a role in communicating the goals to a wider  society.

4:00-5:30pm Concurrent Working Sessions

Session 1: Public Private Partnership in Community Development

Financial constraints and other resource limitations, as well as lack of innovative leadership, often impede agencies in providing solutions to unmet needs in local communities. These challenges have opened opportunities for creative private and non-profit institutions with support of grassroots community and youth-driven efforts to augment government in rendering more effective local services through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP). How are exemplary PPPs providing win-win solutions  to all parties? How can PPPs leverage each party’s expertise and resources to deliver lasting results? This session will draw attention to the challenges and best practices of PPPs in providing innovative solutions to achieve development goals in  communities.

Session 2: Engaging Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Skill-Based Volunteering with Community-Based Development         


On a range of economic, social, and environmental objectives, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has become a platform for organizations and companies to develop a sustainability framework that can benefit communities. How does CSR encourage government and non-government organizations, small and medium enterprises, and multinational corporations to develop closer ties with the community? How can CSR drive employee engagement towards a culture of social responsibility?


Session 3: Disaster Response and Risk Reduction and Youth Capacity Building:  Philippines and Rise Nepal Case Studies     


Recent global disasters have emphasized the need for policies and strategies for disaster prevention, preparedness, and mitigation.

In the aftermath of natural disasters that affect millions of lives, a large percentage impacted are young people who also serve as first responders in the communities. This session will feature disaster  risk reduction to advance resilient communities and capacity building for disaster response, especially among youth, with case studies of disaster response following the 2013 super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and 2015 mega-earthquake in  Nepal.

Session 4: Environmental Service


Access to clean water sources is a vital issue in achieving 2030 SDGs and reducing potential conflicts over scarce resources. This session will examine an innovative clean water campaign developed in India, and clean water models in Nepal and Africa for potential scaling up through potential partnerships, including universities, corporations and youth volunteers.



Session 5: SDG Research Tutorial:  Impact Evaluation Baseline Tools

All Lights Village solar power and comprehensive service projects addressed key 2030 goals for sustainable energy and development. This session will examine operative pilot projects, partnerships and research evaluation tools.




Global Youth Summit (GYS) is a celebration of youth leadership that aims to engage and inspire the world’s future experts. GYS is a space for young people to share their ideas and utilize their diverse skillsets, knowledge, and networks to effectively address persistent problems of today. The 2017 Global Youth Summit will be held at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on March 3, 2017 with 15,000 young leaders from Philippines and abroad in attendance.

Global Youth Summit 2017 will focus on “Achieving 2030 Sustainable Development Goals through Youth Collaboration, Leadership, and Innovation.” The 2017 topics are selected from the top 5 Global Goals, themes, and issues that impact the world and the youth, which youth of today believe are most relevant (based on a youth poll conducted by GPF with 3,209 respondents):

  1. Quality Education (78%)
  2. No Poverty (54%)
  3. Decent Job and Economic Growth (51%)
  4. Climate Action (49%)
  5. Zero Hunger (43%)