The 2018 Social Forum

The 2018 Social Forum will take place from 1 to 3 October 2018 in Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

The Social Forum is an annual three-day meeting convened by the Human Rights Council. It is a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society actors, representatives of Member States, and intergovernmental organizations, on a theme chosen by the Council each year.

The Human Rights Council, in its resolution 35/28 entitled “The Social Forum”, decided that the 2018 meeting of the Social Forum should focus on “the possibilities of using sport and the Olympic ideal to promote human rights for all and to strengthen universal respect for them.”

Sport and the Olympic ideal continue to be used in the promotion and strengthening of universal respect for human rights. Events based on sport create an opportunity for numerous athletes and sportspersons to stand-up for human rights by fighting racism, promoting gender equality, ensuring inclusion and accessibility to persons with disabilities, highlighting challenges imposed by war or persecution, and by uncovering outcomes of extreme poverty.

According to the Olympic Charter, the “goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind, with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity”. This theme not only contributes to the upholding of human rights, and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals but also toward the pursuit of sustained peace.

As a universal language, sports can play a major role in respecting, protecting and fulfilling all human rights for all.