2017 General Assembly of the Global Social Observatory

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At its forthcoming 2017 General Assembly on Thursday, 11 May 2017, the Global Social Observatory (GSO) is pleased to feature an interactive dialogue on “Disruption as a Force against Hunger:  Calling Us into Action”.  Ending extreme hunger is key in achieving sustainable development and in turn, in advancing the other goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda.

Although there has been progress, eliminating extreme hunger will not be achievable by the 2030 target unless we rethink our policies. The GSO proposes to initiate with all stakeholders a process for rethinking old positions and developing innovative solutions –disruptive, “out-of-the-box” solutions – to address extreme hunger.

In rural areas where poverty and hunger are generally concentrated, the agricultural sector will be pivotal in achieving food security and economic sustainability. What will it take to transform the agricultural sector? And women, who comprise a significant portion of the below-poverty workforce in rural areas, confront additional barriers. Promoting gender-sensitive agricultural trade policies not only would empower women socioeconomically but could be key to achieving zero hunger.

Please join us on 11 May 2017 in a collaborative space to share forward-thinking ideas on how a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder approach involving agriculture, gender equality and trade, can “call us into action” against hunger. We will feature special guests to start the dialogue, but we are counting on you to take the lead. Please mark this on your calendar now – 10:00 to 12:00 on Thursday, 11 May 2017 at International Environment House in Geneva. And if you haven’t already done so, let us know at contact@gsogeneva.ch that you plan to come, and we will be sure to keep you informed about more details as they become available.