Inspiring the Future: SM Cares and GPF Wrap Up Visayas Segment of 2024 Global Youth Summit

Almost 600 youth leaders during

As part of their efforts to inspire the youth to become catalysts for change, SM Cares and the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) recently completed the Visayas leg of the 2024 Global Youth Summit (GYS). The event ran from May 25 to May 28, taking place at SM City Iloilo Southpoint, SM City Bacolod, and SM City Cebu.

This year’s 17-leg event aims to represent all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each location highlighted a specific SDG, featuring insightful talks and engaging activities to empower the youth.

Over 2,000 youth leaders during #GYS2024Iloilo

P-pop group ALAMAT during the youth festival at Global Youth Summit Iloilo

SM City Iloilo kicked off the Visayas leg on May 25, focusing on UN SDG 13: Climate Action. The event saw over 2,000 attendees and featured a performance by the popular P-Pop group Alamat, captivating the audience and setting an inspiring tone for the summit.

Almost 600 youth leaders during #GYS2024Bacolod

On May 26, SM City Bacolod centered on UN SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, drawing almost 600 attendees. The discussions emphasized sustainable practices and responsible consumption, encouraging youth to adopt and advocate for these principles in their communities.

Nearly 400 youth leaders during #GYS2024Cebu

A “Youth Pledge” will be done before the end of the program for all 17 GYS runs to further put emphasis on their tasks in their advocacy as a global citizen.

The final event of the Visayas leg took place at SM City Cebu on May 28, with a focus on UN SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being. Nearly 400 attendees participated, gaining valuable insights into health and wellness, and understanding its critical role in personal and economic development.

GYS became a platform for the youth leaders and advocates to directly ask questions about their advocacies to the speakers

Speakers during the Visayas run of #GYS2024 ranging from government leaders to advocates

Each leg of the summit featured invited speakers who delved deeper into the UN SDG issues, shedding light on critical aspects and providing valuable insights to inspire and empower the youth. This aligns perfectly with SM Supermalls’’ commitment to champion the causes that matter most to young people. SM Cares stands behind the Global Youth Summit year after year—ensuring that youth concerns are heard and addressed.

Up next is the Bicol region, with events scheduled at SM City Legazpi on June 8 and SM City Sorsogon on June 9. Interested youth may register at SM Malls Online via GYS2024 or


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