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 “Davos-style”, involving brief (5 minute) opening remarks from the speakers, followed by questions and comments from the moderator for a second brief round of remarks before the session was opened up to participation from the floor. The session was moderated by GSO Executive Director Katherine Hagen, shown above.
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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.
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GSO SUN Project Participants and Interested Parties — click here to retrieve Project Documents in English French and Spanish