Special Celebratory Event

The GSO was pleased to convene a special celebn in an interactive dialogue on the prospects for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder collaboration.  See the programme below and a summary report of the event here. See photos of the event here.

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

Newsletter heading

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

1 bb Panel

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

leave no one behind

See the panel report here.
Click here to see a gallery of photos from the event.

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

group photo

see details here 

supporting documents:

The GSO Five-Point Action Plan in Support of SDG Implementation pdf_logo

Interactive dialogue on gender as an integrating dynamic for implementation of all seventeen of the SDGs in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development  pdf_logo 

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
December 2015


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.

See the agenda here and speaker bios here.

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.

Read more here and click here to see a video of the session.

Photos by Ralph Doggett


The GSO 2015 General Assembly

 Meeting report now available.  Click here.

gso 23 jun 2015The 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.

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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.

SUNThe GSO Consultative Process on
Conflict of Interest in the
Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

  • GSO SUN Global Conference
  • GSO-SUN Enhanced Learning Exercise - Indonesia
  • GSO-SUN Enhanced Learning Exercise - El Salvador
  • GSO-SUN Enhanced Learning Exercise - Kenya
  • GSO-SUN Enhanced Learning Exercise - Ghana

GSO SUN Project Participants and Interested Parties — click here to retrieve Project Documents in English French and Spanish

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