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Main Organs

The main organs of the GSA are the General Assembly, the Council, the Executive Committee, and the Secretariat.  All were established in 2014 when the GSA was founded.

General Assembly

The General Assembly is the main deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the GSA. All members and delegates of the GSA are represented in the General Assembly annually, making it the only GSA body with universal representation.


The Council is the main executive and supervising organ of the GSA during the intercessional period of the General Assembly. The Council manages advisory board, boards and commissions.

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is the main executive organ of the GSA during the intercessional period of the Council. The Executive Committee manages other committee and working groups.


The Secretariat comprises the Secretary-General and a number of international GSA staff members who carry out the day-to-day work of the GSA as mandated by the General Assembly and the Organization’s other principal organs. The Secretary-General is chief administrative officer of the Organization, appointed by the General Assembly on the recommendation of the Council for a five-year, renewable term. GSA staff members are recruited internationally and locally, and work in duty stations and on sustainable projects all around the world.