In addressing the country’s most pressing issues – peace and conflict, indigenous rights, quality education, universal health care, among others – comes a crossroad for building the Philippines’ path towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Through the years, the lack of solidarity and understanding in this journey leads to discrimination, violence, and further marginalization of cultural minorities, ultimately creating larger cultural barriers among the people of the Philippines. 

Our strategy is to collaborate, integrate, and let the Filipino youth experience various cultural heritage for better understanding in this generation while promoting peace and developmental discussions. The
Philippine Intercultural Youth Convention (PIYC) provides the opportunity for tribes and different ethnicities in the Philippines to exchange knowledge of their culture and heritage. The event also serves as a platform for young leaders to engage and have close encounters with government officials and experts in various relevant fields to define their contribution to shaping the future of the Philippines.


Peace in Diversity: Attaining Solidarity, Sustaining Development

This session aims to discuss on how peace and solidarity are attained amidst different religions, cultures, and backgrounds. Digging deeper into the umbrella theme of PIYC 2019, the resource speakers of this session highlight how diversity could be a key feature of a nation’s strong foundation on peace and unity.

Youth in Peace and Development: Impacts on and Contributions of the Youth

This session gives particular focus on youth as both recipients and contributors to the impacts of peace and development. As PIYC 2019 and SKC are youth-oriented in its endeavors, resource speakers of this session discuss their respective initiatives and rationale behind putting the youth at the center of peacebuilding and development.


Vulnerabilities in Conflict: Women & Children, Elderly, Persons with Disability, Indigenous People

This session discusses how certain groups and populations are more vulnerable to the adverse impacts of conflict. Resource speakers of this session tackle insights and experiences of supporting vulnerable populations such as women and children, elderly, persons with disabilities, and indigenous people in the midst and aftermath of conflict.

Peace in Development: Prerequisite to a Progressive Future

This session aims to highlight on how peace and development go hand in hand in building a progressive future. Resource speakers in this session discuss how peace, or the lack thereof, impacts the equal access to socioeconomic services, and is therefore a prerequisite for achieving the nation’s sustainable development.


YOUth in the Philippines:

Sector-focused workshops on the contribution of the Filipino youth to peace and development

Peace and Poverty: Uplifting Lives in Conflict Areas through Livelihood

This parallel session focuses on how conflict puts communities in a position of further vulnerability to poverty. Resource speakers in the session discuss the importance of empowering communities and vulnerable populations through livelihood. The session includes a workshop where young participants formulate project ideas in their communities concerning peace and livelihood.

Peace and Quality of Education: Opportunities of Learning amidst Peace-building


This parallel session highlights on how conflict affects the youth’s access to quality education. Several stories from internally displaced youth revealed how conflict hindered their capacity to continue attending school. Resource speakers share their experiences in dealing with this issue, and a workshop follows for the young participants to formulate project ideas relevant to the topic.


Peace and Access to Healthcare: Caring for the Marginalized


This parallel session puts spotlight on the marginalized and their ability to access to healthcare amidst conflict. Resource speakers in the session discusses the effects of conflict on health, and on the ability of the marginalized to access social services. A workshop follows for the project idea formulation of young participants on the topic.



Peace and Indigenous People’s Rights: Disputes in Development



This parallel session gives focus on the plight of indigenous people in peace-building. Several disputes on land and rights of indigenous people are constantly part of discussions on conflict resolution. Resource speakers of the session tackle on the inclusiveness of peace-building measures to indigenous peoples. A project formulation workshop by young participants follows.