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The 2015 Social Forum

The 2015 Social Forum took place from 18 to 20 February 2015 in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, in accordance with paragraph 6 of Human Rights Council resolution 26/28 entitled “The Social Forum”.

As requested by the Council in the above-mentioned resolution, the 2015 Social Forum will focus on "access to medicines in the context of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, including best practices in this regard ".

For enquiries, please contact the Secretariat of the Social Forum (socialforum@ohchr.org)


RELEVANT DOCUMENTS

SPEAKING AT 2015 THE SOCIAL FORUM

The Social Forum is a multi-stakeholder event in which all participants have an equal opportunity to speak. At 9.30 am on each day, the speakers' list will open for all of the sessions during that day. Sign up is on a first-come, first-served basis. Interventions will be limited to two minutes. Due to time limitations, the opportunity to speak cannot be guaranteed and the list for each session will not be carried over to the next session. Speakers should be present and ready to intervene when they are called.


BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS
  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to health on access to medicines in the context of the right-to-health framework, A/HRC/23/42
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  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to health on the expert consultation on access to medicine, A/HRC/17/43
    Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish
  • Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to health on access to medicines and intellectual property rights, A/HRC/11/12
    Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish  

ACCREDITATION AND REGISTRATION

The 2015 Social Forum will take place from 18 – 20 February 2015 in room XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 26/28, the Social Forum is open to the participation of representatives of Member States and all other interested stakeholders including intergovernmental organizations, different components of the United Nations system, regional economic commissions and specialized agencies and organizations, as well as representatives designated by human rights national institutions and non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, and shall also be open to other non-governmental organizations whose aims and purposes are in conformity with the spirit, purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including newly emerging actors, such as small groups and rural and urban associations from the North and the South, anti-poverty groups, peasants’ and farmers’ organizations and their national and international associations, voluntary organizations, environmental organizations and activists, youth associations, community organizations, trade unions and associations of workers, as well as representatives of the private sector, on the basis of arrangements, including Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 of 25 July 1996 and practices observed by the Commission on Human Rights, through an open and transparent accreditation procedure, in accordance with the rules of procedure of the Human Rights Council, while ensuring the most effective contribution of these entities.

THE DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION is 4 February 2015.

NGOs with ECOSOC status

Please note that Geneva accreditations must now be processed through the website of the NGO Branch/DESA New York, at the following link: http://esango.un.org/paperless/Web?page=static&content=designation#simple

The procedures for the new on-line accreditations of NGO representatives are further described on the UNOG website at www.unog.ch under "the UN and Civil Society".

All other civil society actors

All others listed above wishing to accredit /register representatives to attend the 2015 Social Forum are invited to complete and return to the Secretariat of the Social Forum by email to socialforum@ohchr.org the Following documents:

  1. The filled-out conference registration form;
  2. A copy of passport or similar picture identity document.

Prior to the Social Forum, participants without a UNOG identity badge should proceed to the accreditation office at the “Pregny Gate” security entrance (8-14 avenue de la Paix – see map) with a copy of a completed conference registration form for each participant, and their original  passport or ID document. The Accreditation Officer will then issue a photo-badge granting access to the Palais des Nations.

VISA LETTER- IMPORTANT NOTE:

Participants are responsible for making their own arrangements related to travel and accommodation as well as entry visa to Switzerland. The Secretariat does not provide assistance in this regard and is not in a position to provide letters to the authorities of Switzerland or the European Union for purposes of obtaining a visa.

NGOs with ECOSOC status may contact NGO Liaison Services at: ungeneva.ngoliaison@unog.ch

For further enquiries, please contact socialforum@ohchr.org