Welcome

Starting with an inspired team of supporters from NGOs, the private sector, governments and international organizations, the GSO was established in April 2004 to reflect their vision of a place for open-ended multi-stakeholder dialogue. Throughout these first ten years, the mission of the GSO has consistently been to facilitate dialogue and disseminate information on social issues in order to encourage stakeholders to engage in a broadened search for solutions and policy coherence. The evolution of GSO services has encompassed roundtable discussions, workshops, action plans, guidance notes and a growing community of participants who appreciate and keep coming back to this unique space for dialogue and collaboration. Finding the common ground for collaboration and discovering the benefits of being more than the sum of the parts have been the lessons learned that continue to draw participants to the GSO space. More…

We recently launched the GSO NEWS — the official newsletter of Global Social Observatory. Click here to read the launch issue.

What’s New


Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Goals

An Anniversary Dialogue Looking to the Future

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To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the GSO is convening an “Open Interactive Dialogue on the Post-2015 Development Agenda” on Thursday, 24 April 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland.  This is part of a series of events that the GSO has convened to promote multi-stakeholder collaboration across the issue areas that are being considered as global priorities after 2015.  See the GSO reporting and webinar presentations here.  The GSO focus is on the Post-2015 Development Agenda as the centerpiece in a process of global consultations to follow the Millennium Development Goals. The GSO is orchestrating a series of multistakeholder dialogues to address the diversity of issue areas, with the objective of promoting a convergence in collaborative efforts.

Click on the links below to access the powerpoint presentations from our recent webinars:
24 April 2013 webinar
5 December 2013 webinar

The GSO looks forward to new opportunities to deliver a safe, neutral space for multi-stakeholder dialogues.  All are welcome to apply for GSO membership here to receive regular notices of our forthcoming events.

Announcement for a Consultation Process on Conflict of Interest in the

Scaling Up Nutrition Movement

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The GSO has received a grant to implement a consultation process on Conflict of Interest issues associated with the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement, a program founded and promoted on the principles that all people have a right to food and good nutrition.  The GSO project addressing Conflict of Interest is being undertaken from April 2013 to February 2015.  See more information here.

This follows on a successful series of interactive events in 2012 on the prevention, control and care of non-communicable diseases.  The GSO hosted a 2012 Colloquium Series on Non-Communicable Diseases to enhance understanding on a collaborative multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral approach to prevention, treatment, control and care of NCDs.  The Series consisted of five Colloquium Events throughout the year and culminated in the development of a framework for a plan of action on multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral collaboration on NCDs.  Please read the overview report on “Lessons Learned” here.  Additional background on the Colloquium Series is available here.

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