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Participating young leaders from all around the world are all-smiles for a groufie during the 2017 Global Youth Summit at the MOA Arena on March 3, 2017.

Participating young leaders from all around the world are all-smiles for a groufie during the 2017 Global Youth Summit at the MOA Arena on March 3, 2017. / Manila Bulletin


Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and SM Cares recently held the Global Youth Summit 2017 (GSY 2017) at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City last Friday, March 3. The event aims to engage and inspire the world’s future experts and expand their networks to effectively address persistent problems of today.

Now on its fifth year, GYS was graced by reputable line-up of international and local speakers which include Global Young Leader of World Economic Forum and award-winning broadcaster, Karen Davila; World Food Program National Ambassador Against Hunger, KC Concepcion; Chairman of Global Peace Foundation, Dr. Hyun Jin Moon; United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific Social Affairs Officer, Marco Roncarati; UNICEF Advocate for Children and TV Personality, Anne Curtis; Climate Change Commission Commissioner, Usec. Vernice Victorio; and National Youth Commission Chairperson Aiza Seguerra. An estimated over 10,000 young leaders from the country and abroad participated in the summit.

Royston A. Cabuñag, Director of the SM Cares Program on Children and Youth, said that GSY 2017 is an avenue for young people to share their ideas, utilize their diverse skill sets, and learn new knowledge.

“The future generation is now so we want to make sure that with the advent of technology especially social media; there is a platform so that the youth today can learn from. This will help them develop more and just by listening to all the experiences of the speakers, they will be properly guided on how they will use all the information that they have,” he said.

This year’s GSY which focused on the theme “Achieving 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Youth Collaboration, Leadership and Training.”It discussed five selected topics of the most relevant issues identified by the youth in the SDGs such as quality education (78%), climate action (49%), no poverty (54%), zero hunger (43%) and decent job and economic growth (51%).

Moreover, #GlobalYouth4SDGs was launched during the event. It is a P1M seed grant competition that aims to showcase the leadership potentials and innovate efforts of the youth by developing sustainable programs which addresses five issues.

With over 100 entries received, the top 25 teams from Luzon, the Visayas, Mindanao, and as far as Indonesia and Japan, were chosen to present their proposals before a panel of judges from SM GPF, United Nations organizations (UN), World Vision (WV), National Youth Commission (NYC), and Hands On Manila on February 15 at the Mall of Asia Annex Building.

The winners are:

5EBig Project

A community program which intends to employ an innovative methodology and integrate an online platform that will help increase TESDA employment rate while encouraging more out-of-school youth to enroll in a TVET course in a TESDA-accredited institution.

Community Poultry and Garden for a Healthy Future

This is a proposed community vegetable garden and poultry farm that aims to eliminate the malnutrition cases and sustain good health of the children from indigent families in Rizal, Alicia, Isabela.


An Android-based mobile application that is able to monitor the safety status of the members of the community. This application provides the protocols and/or guidelines on what to do on disasters such as storm, flood and earthquake. It also includes a push notification when the user is safe.


Taytayan is the Cebuano term for bridge. This aims to contribute in bridging the gap and the gender disparity of primary grade pupils in Mabolo Elementary School in Cebu

Ropes of Hope

A social enterprise that employs the mothers of the community in producing rice straws that provide both alternative income streams for them and the utilization of their waste products.

The 2017 Global Youth Summit was organized by Global Peace Foundation and SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation Inc and the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. It was supported by the Mall of Asia Arena, Vivo, Unilever, Department of Education (DepEd), CHED and the NYC. Jay R. Rempis

Know more about the GSY 2017 by following Global Youth Summit on Facebook or by visiting

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