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.

Way Forward

At GYPF, we affirm that youth should effectively participate in implementing and achieving sustainable development goals and build actionable projects for transformative change. We also affirm that we are all part of one family and we should develop an action plan to educate and train people to promote co-existence and tolerance. Enthused by the role played by young people in creating an alternative narrative revolving around peace, we plan to create/train young leaders to actively seek out and support their meaningful participation in cross-border peace building activities.

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.

Shared Beliefs

GYPF 2017 stands for strengthening the five essential principles of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy: Truth, Ahimsa (nonviolence), Simplicity, Trusteeship & Constructive Action...

  • Truth - "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always." - Mahatma Gandhi
  • AHIMSA (nonviolence) - "There are many causes I would die for. There is not a single cause I would kill for." - Mahatma Gandhi
  • Simplicity - "You may have occasion to possess or use material things, but the secret of life lies in never missing them." - Mahatma Gandhi
  • Trusteeship - Mahatma Gandhi said we don't own the talent but we are appointed "Trustees" by God and so we must use the talent to help others, less fortunate or talented than us. But this "giving" or "sharing" or "helping" must not cripple the receiver.
  • Constructive Action - Constructive Action is the natural corollary to trusteeship. It means getting involved in finding constructive solutions to problems.

GYPF Significant Moments

  • 2000-2010: UNESCO declared 1st decade of 21st century as decade for promotion of culture of peace & nonviolence
  • 2000: International Conference on theme of ‘Millennium Without Violence’
  • 2001: International Conference on theme of ‘Need for Afro-Asian Dialogue’
  • 2004: 32 Peace Clubs started in Peace-city Chandigarh
  • 2006: 1st India-Pakistan Youth Peace Camp
    • - Participation of 14 young students from Pakistan
  • 2009: 4th International Youth Peace Fest - IYPF 2009
    • - 200 Young delegates from 9 countries participated
  • 2012: 7th International Youth Peace Fest - IYPF 2012
    • - 250 Young people from 16 countries participated
    • - International Youth Exchange Programmes launched
  • 2014: 9th Global Youth Peace Fest - GYPF 2014
    • - 290 Young people from 20 countries participated
    • - Institution of annual Global Youth ICON Awards
  • 2015: 10th Global Youth Peace Fest - GYPF 2015
    • - 245 Young people from 24 countries participated
    • - Global Youth Peace Forum launched
  • 2016: 11th Global Youth Peace Fest - GYPF 2016
    • - 250 Young people from 33 countries participated
  • 2017: 12th Global Youth Peace Fest - GYPF 2017
    • - Expected participation of young people from 50 countries
    • - GYPF 2017 to happen simultaneously both in India and Pakistan
  • 2020: 15th Global Youth Peace Fest - GYPF 2020
    • - Target of bringing youth leaders and young change-makers from all 197 countries of the world


  • Chandigarh - It's very difficult to imagine any major city in India more ideal than peace-city Chandigarh, a model of outstanding modern urban planning. Chandigarh’s beautiful gardens, bicycle paths, architecture, vast network of educational institutions and culture all contribute to a quality of life that is unbeatable anywhere else. Come and see Chandigarh - a Utopia! Click here for more details about the city.
  • Amritsar - Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Ram Das, Amritsar is home to Sikhism’s holiest shrine, the spectacular Golden Temple, one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. The same cannot be said for the hyperactive streets surrounding the temple. Amritsar is divided in two by a tangle of railway lines. The old city, containing the Golden Temple and other historic sites and bound by 12 medieval gates, is southeast of the railway lines. This is a fascinating area to explore, with a capillary network of narrow bazaars that seems to float between the centuries. Click here for more details about the city.


Delegates will be accommodated at good quality Government Guest Houses in Chandigarh city. The basic accommodation will be on twin sharing basis for four day days and three nights, from September 29 to October 2, 2017.

VIP/five Star stay arrangements are also available on demand at little extra for Conference Plus registration