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  • Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: Answer for Sustainable Development? (Infographic) (1/4/2016) -
  • GSO Commentary — GSO Considers Follow-up Dilemmas for Action on Nutrition (4/26/2015) - The GSO has participated in small-group meetings with both FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva (on 16 April 2015) and WHO Director of Nutrition for Health and Development Francesco Branca (on 23 April 2015) to discuss follow-up strategies for the Second International Conference on Nutrition. Both the FAO and the WHO have follow-up proposals before…
  • GSO Commentary — GSO Participates in the First Dialogue of the Global Coordinating Mechanism on NonCommunicable Diseases (4/25/2015) - The “Dialogue on NCDs, Poverty and Development Cooperation” was the first multi-stakeholder “dialogue” event, held on 20 and 21 April 2015 at the WHO, for the Global Coordinating Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (GCM/NCD). Established in September 2014, the GCM/NCD is led by Member-States but is open to other participants from…
  • GSO Commentary — GSO NCD Colloquium Series : Three Main Principles (9/28/2012) - The 2012 GSO Colloquium Series started with a Launch Event on 10 January for the adoption of a Statement of Principles on NCDs, based on multi-stakeholder collaboration. Subsequently, the GSO has facilitated other Colloquiums Events for a better understanding of specific issues related to NCDs. Drawing from the results of these events, the GSO has…
  • GSO Commentary — “Taking It Upstream”: Update from the 65th World Health Assembly (5/23/2012) - by Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation Date: 05/23/12 Note: This blog is being co-published on the IFIC Nutrition Blog  This week, I am attending the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland, as a civil society delegate. WHA is the an annual gathering of health ministers from around the world, including U.S. Health and Human Services…
  • GSO Commentary — World Health Assembly 2012 (5/22/2012) - We are actively monitoring the debates of the World Health Assembly as it meets on 21 to 26 May and note the flurry of preparatory consultations involving the Member States and, separately, NGOs, and again separately, private sector representatives.  There are numerous important policy issues on the agenda, including preparations on implementation of commitments to address non-communicable…
  • GSO Commentary — Venez m’aider (5/15/2012) - This French phrase meaning “come and help me” was the original basis for the establishment nearly a century ago of “mayday” as an international distress signal. Juxtaposed with current events in Europe particularly and the world at large generally, it is a fitting call to policy makers on this First of May, 2012. May Day.…
  • GSO Commentary — Global targets and indicators for non-communicable diseases (5/9/2012) - We were pleased to be included in a discussion of the global targets and indicators and expectations for the World Health Assembly on non-communicable diseases hosted by the US Mission, in cooperation with the Kenya Mission and the International Union for Cancer Control.  See a report here.   The occasion was in honor of Dr. John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer…
  • GSO Commentary — World Bank/IMF Development Committee supports social safety nets (5/7/2012) - The joint World Bank/IMF Development Committee was the occasion for new directions on development policy, as well as an opportunity to bid farewell to outgoing World Bank President Robert Zoellick. See the Development Committee Communiqué of 21 April 2012 here. The Committee approved World Bank support for the development of “efficient and fiscally sound social safety…
  • GSO Commentary — The ILO and the Rio+20 Summit (4/20/2012) - The ILO will play an active role in the Rio+20 Summit for Sustainable Development, as laid out in the deliberations of its Governing Body in March.  In contrast to the slow and indecisive bracketing of divergent amendments to the outcomes document for the Rio+20 Summit during the “informal- informal” consultations and inter-sessional negotiations in New…
  • GSO Commentary — Measuring Progress Addressing NCDs (4/11/2012) - On the WHO front, we have momentum on new and revised proposals for a global monitoring framework with targets and indicators for measuring global progress in addressing the non-communicable diseases of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.  This also includes proposals for “Multi-Sectoral Action for the prevention and control of NCDs through effective partnership”.  The WHO has…
  • GSO Commentary — Gearing up for Rio+20 with disparate messages on the social pillar of sustainability (4/4/2012) - The preparations for the Rio+20 Summit on Sustainable Development (to be held on 20 to 22 June 2012) have some disparate messages about the social and economic pillars to complement the environmental pillar.  We hear a lot of talk, of course, that sustainable development needs to balance these three pillars, but we are aware that…
  • GSO Commentary — Resolutions of the first 2012 Human Rights Council (4/3/2012) - reprinted from the CMBD News We have been following the right to food, human rights and the environment and good governance at the most recent session of the Human Rights Council, the first of three regular sessions per year.  This is the session that features the high-level segment for foreign affairs ministers to lay out…
  • GSO Commentary — Silos and Pillars at the World Water Forum (3/30/2012) - An estimated 25,000 participants attended the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, 12-17 March.  The six-day program was packed with events, hundreds of them, ranging from grassroots and citizenship events, to conferences and workshops, and countless side events and exhibitions.  There was much talk about the problems, and many suggested solutions, big and small.  Indeed,…
  • GSO Commentary — A New Director-General for the ILO (3/28/2012) - The list of nine candidates for the position of Director-General at the International Labour Organization has been announced.  See the list here.  In chronological order of receiving their nominations, the list includes Gilles de Robien (France), Angelino Garzón (Colombia), Ad Melkert (Netherlands), Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Malaysia), Ibrahim Assane Mayaki (Niger), Assane Diop (Senegal), Mona Sahlin (Sweden), Guy Ryder…
  • GSO Commentary — Protecting freedoms in the on-line world (3/26/2012) - Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was an outspoken participant in the panel discussion at the plenary of the Human Rights Council in late February.  The panel addressed “The Protection of Freedom of Expression on the Internet”.  He observed that the world is moving on-line very fast and “big time”, and that is why the Human…
  • GSO Commentary — The Right to Food is debated at the Human Rights Council (3/23/2012) - The Special Rapporteur on the Right To Food, Olivier de Schutter (Belgium) appeared before the Human Rights Council to present his latest report and for members of the Council to respond.   The Rapporteur referred to concerns raised in his report about malnutrition not being just a lack of food but of consuming the wrong kinds of…
  • GSO Commentary — NCD Roundtable Update (GSO Colloquium Series Launch Event) (1/10/2012) - GSO Colloquium Series Launch Event 10 January 2012 Contact GSO for details ** Please click HERE to participate in the GSO Colloquium Series Survey ** On 10 January 2012, the Global Social Observatory launched a Colloquium Series on Non-Communicable Diseases to support the implementation of the United Nations Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs under…
  • GSO Commentary — “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Doha Round: Are There Win-Win Opportunities for the Private Sector and Developing Countries? (9/25/2006) - The Geneva Social Observatory and the Quaker United Nations Office were pleased to host a roundtable on “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Doha Round:  Are There Win-Win Opportunities for the Private Sector and Developing Countries?” at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva on 25 September 2006.  The following questions were raised: Are the trading interests…
  • GSO Commentary — CSR and the WTO (6/12/2006) - CSR and the WTO: Towards a Fairer Globalization or ‘Misguided Virtue’? Geneva, Switzerland Summary of the Panel Discussion The Geneva Social Observatory convened a panel discussion on corporate social responsibility (CSR) and trade to stimulate a broadened information exchange and participatory dialogue on how CSR can contribute to equitable trade liberalization and development. Katherine Hagen,…
  • GSO Commentary — An action plan for outreach to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the informal economy in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa (7/19/2005) - Summary of a Planning Group Discussion on HIV/AIDS and Social Responsibility. Geneva, Switzerland A meeting of the GSO Planning Group was convened at the ILO on 19 July to develop an action plan for outreach to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the informal economy in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa.  Participants represented international…
  • GSO Commentary — Reaching across the Public/Private Divide (5/31/2005) - Summary of a Roundtable Discussion on HIV/AIDS and Social Responsibility. Geneva, Switzerland A dialogue on “Social Responsibility and HIV/AIDS:  Reaching across the Public/Private Divide” was convened by the Geneva Social Observatory on 19 April 2005, at facilities made available by the World Health Organization.  This was the second roundtable in the GSO series on “Social…
  • GSO Commentary — Summary of a Roundtable Discussion on HIV/AIDS and Social Responsibility. Geneva, Switzerland (5/31/2005) - Summary of a Roundtable Discussion on HIV/AIDS and Social Responsibility. Geneva, Switzerland The third GSO roundtable on “HIV/AIDS and Social Responsibility” was convened at the ILO on 31 May and addressed the theme of “connecting with SMEs and the informal economy”.  Participants from international organizations, governments, NGOs, trade associations, and individual companies shared their views…
  • GSO Commentary — The Current State and Prospects for Public/Private Partnerships (3/12/2005) - Summary of a Roundtable Discussion on HIV/AIDS and Social Responsibility. Geneva, Switzerland The Geneva Social Observatory convened the first of a series of dialogues to look at how the private sector and the world of work can be better integrated into comprehensive national and global campaigns against HIV/AIDS.  Participants were invited from a wide variety…
  • GSO Commentary — Panel on Corporate Social Responsibility and Trade (11/9/2004) - European Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility “Competing for a Sustainable Future” Maastricht, the Netherlands 7 to 9 November 2004 Panel Session Moderated by: Dr. Katherine A. Hagen, Geneva Social Observatory Description: In response to public concerns about business practices in developing countries, a growing number of governments, including the European Commission and the US, have begun…
  • GSO Commentary — Responsibilities of transnational corporations and related business enterprises with regard to human rights (9/30/2004) - The Geneva Social Observatory notes that the High Commissioner for Human Rights is preparing a report on the “Responsibilities of transnational corporations and related business enterprises with regard to human rights” for submission to the Commission on Human Rights in March 2005.   We understand that the report will address “the scope and legal status of existing initiatives…

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