Special Celebratory Event
The GSO is pleased to invite you to a special celebratory event for the GSO on the eve of the holiday season. The event will be from 10:30 to 12:30 on Tuesday, 19 December 2017 in the Rhin Room at International Environment House 2, chemin de Balexert 7, 1219 Geneva.
We are especially honoured to have Francis Gurry, David Nabarro and Johanna Ralston as our lead panellists. They will start our interactive dialogue on the interplay between innovation and sustainable development in key cross-cutting areas. You are invited to join in an interactive dialogue on the prospects for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration.
Celebrating the GSO Mission
10:30 to 12:30, Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Rhin Room, International Environment House 2
7, chemin de Balexert, 1219 Geneva, Switzerland
10:00-10:30 Registration and Coffee
Moderator: Deborah Vorhies, GSO President
10:30-10:45 Introductions and Reflections on the GSO Work and Vision
10:45 -11:30 Thematic Presentations
• Innovation in the Digital Age with Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General
• Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyles with Johanna Ralston, CEO World Obesity Federation
• Skills, Systems, Synergies and Sustainable Development with David Nabarro, Advisor for Sustainable Development
11:30-12:20 Roundtable Discussion with Participants
12:20-12:30 Closing Remarks from Katherine Hagen, GSO Executive Director
12:30-13:30 Buffet Lunch
Please let us know if you can join us on Tuesday, the 19th by responding to this email. If you have already confirmed your participation, you do not need to reply again. Please note that you are all welcome to come early for registration and coffee and to join us afterwards for a celebratory buffet lunch.
With warm regards,
The November-December 2017 Newsletter now available!
Click here to read it online.
2017 General Assembly of the Global Social Observatory
An Interactive Dialogue on
Disruption as a Force against Hunger: Calling Us into Action
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Click here for more information
International Women’s Day at the WTO
This event of interest to the GSO was held in
Room D at the WTO on
8 March 2017, 9.00-13.00
For a summary of outcomes click here.
To view more photos click here.
For additional details click here
GSO at the World Trade Organization Public Forum 2016
Women’s Economic Empowerment and Trade:
Contributing to the Deliberations and Recommendations
of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel
on Women’s Economic Empowerment
The Twelfth Annual General Assembly of the Global Social Observatory
was held on Tuesday, 5 July 2016 from 10:00 to 12:00 at the
International Environment House, Geneva, Switzerland
see details here
GSO Brainstorming Session
19 February 2016
Click on the collage to see the meeting report in pdf format
Photos by Ralph Doggett
GSO Webinar on the
Outcomes from the WHO Executive Board for 17h00 to 18h00 CET
Wednesday, 10 February 2016 – more details to follow.
Claire Romaine and Rebecca Albert
You can download a pdf version of the slides here.
Photos by Ralph Doggett
The December 2015 issue of the GSO News is available online. Click here.
Progress Report on the Development of a Platform on Multi-stakeholder Partnerships to Address 2015 Challenges and Opportunities
The GSO is pleased to present a paper on “Opportunities and Challenges for Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: Linking Climate Change with the Post-2015 Development Agenda”. This paper was written by Elin Andersson, Simona Hermelyova and Veronica Pedroni in collaboration with the GSO for their Applied Research Seminar in “Human and Social Development” at the Graduate Institute in Geneva under the supervision of Professor C. Gironde and Teaching Assistant C. Ramos. Click here to read the paper. The project also included the production of the infographic shown here. Click here to see a full size image.
GSO at the 2015 WTO Public Forum
Trade works through innovative partnerships for the
Implementation of the 2030 Agenda
1 October 2015, 17:00-18:30
WTO Public Forum, Room W, Geneva
The outcomes of the Post-2015 Development Agenda summit and third Financing for Development conference imply renewed political attention to specific issues of trade policy reform, and raise important questions around the broader role of trade in supporting inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Innovative, multi-stakeholder partnerships will be needed to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, especially to harness the potential for trade as an engine for inclusive economic growth.
This session provided highlights of how partnerships can support sustainable development goals, in areas such as agriculture, food security, nutrition and health, and the empowerment of women and girls, by harnessing the power of trade, global value chains and a rules-based trading environment. Participants received a better understanding of the opportunities as well as the challenges for different kinds of partnerships, including multi-stakeholder partnerships involving NGOs and other civil society groups, the private sector, governments and international organizations, and their role in making trade work for inclusive and sustainable development. The session was jointly organized by the Global Social Observatory and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and was moderated by GSO Executive Director Katherine Hagen, shown above.
Photos by Ralph Doggett
The GSO 2015 General Assembly
Meeting report now available. Click here.
The GSO held its annual General Assembly on Tuesday, 23 June 2015 which featured a special session: (1) to publicize the GSO perspective on cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder partnerships and (2) to adopt an Action Plan for building a Geneva-based platform for cross-cutting and multi-stakeholder partnerships for implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda and the Solutions Agenda of the Climate Change Summit. See more here. The meeting was well attended by participants engaging in a lively discussion of GSO’s role in providing opportunities for multistakeholder collaboration to address the social, economic and environmental challenges ahead. See the meeting report here.
2015 Challenges and Opportunities:
Contributions from the
Geneva International Scene
The GSO is exploring the benefits of and interest in developing a multistakeholder/ multisectoral platform to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals of the Post 2015 Development Agenda.
See details here.
GSO SUN Project Participants and Interested Parties — click here to retrieve Project Documents in English French and Spanish