Generation Peace Youth Network (or GenPeace– no space between Gen and Peace, and capital letters for G and P–for short) is formed in 2006 after the need for a more coherent youth peace advocacy and youth peace agenda is realized in the broad gathering of peace stakeholders in the Philippines, the Waging Peace Conference Series. The initial meeting of several organizations with youth and peace advocacy decided to bring together partner organizations for a possible formation of a network that launches common activities. Generically called different names: “Peace Youth, Peace Generation, Gen Peace, generation peace, youth peace, etc.,” the infantile network sought to launch activities catering to young peace advocates in 2006: a youth summit, a peace concert, a video conferencing series and a fund raising event.
Months after launching activities, the network was renamed GenPeace and in 2007 the organizational structure was formalized. Now, GenPeace is constantly engaging around 40 different networks and organizations from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with core leaders coming from 10 different organizations and networks with expertise in various fields such as Advocacy and Campaigns, Human Rights, Development, International Humanitarian Law and Peace Education among others.
In 2008, GenPeace partnered with the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders for its Youth Peace Summit and Peace Mission to conflict zones in Southern Philippines. To date, GenPeace has linkages with International Alert, Gaston Z. Ortigas Peace Institute, the UN Alliance of Civilizations, the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, UN Development Programme – Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Programme, the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Manindigan sa Peace Talks, and the Mindanao Solidarity Network.