About the GSO
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.
As the GSO Management Committee has recently reaffirmed in the way that the GSO should retain this mission even when it is partnering with others, the GSO’s service is based on a participatory process that brings all interested parties together in a neutral space to identify solutions and policies that are coherent. The GSO General Assembly further reiterated and clarified this commitment to inclusiveness by adopting a Statement of Principles for GSO Membership, Support and Engagement in September 2012. GSO members believe that the insights, the solutions and proposed policies that emanate from this fully inclusive framework can then contribute to policy-making breakthroughs at the governmental and intergovernmental levels. Read more about the GSO here.
The GSO News bi-monthly newsletter
In February 2014, the GSO introduced a bimonthly newsletter for GSO friends and members. The newsletters include an update on GSO activities, commentary on international organizations and NGOs of interest to the GSO mandate and a listing of upcoming GSO and other events of interest. Please click here to read the latest issue. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please click here.
Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
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.