The Social Forum - Sessions

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.