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In 2007, the Human Rights Council decided to preserve the Social Forum as its subsidiary body (see
resolution 6/13). The first meeting of the renewed Social Forum took place in 2008.
The Social Forum was originally an initiative (resolution 2001/24) of and attached to the former Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (Sub-Commission) which was the main subsidiary body of the former Commission on Human Rights. The initial meeting of the Social Forum was held in 2002 prior to the annual session of the Sub-Commission, and two-day meetings were held annually between 2004 and 2006 with the participation of ten members of the Sub-Commission taking into account regional representation.
Right to Development
Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Independent expert on human rights and international solidarity
Independent Expert on the effects of foreign debt and other related international financial obligations of States on the full enjoyment of all human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights
Independent expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order
Consultation on the draft of the guiding principles: "Extreme poverty and human rights: the rights of the poor"
Human rights dimension of poverty
Secretariat of the Social Forum Office of the High Commissioner for Human RightsPalais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10, SwitzerlandTel: +41 22 928 9362Fax: +41 22 928 9010E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org