The 2011 Social Forum

The 2011 Social From took place from 3 to 5 October 2011 in Room XVIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, in accordance with paragraph 6 of Human Rights Council resolution 16/26 entitled “The Social Forum”.

As requested by the Council in the above-mentioned resolution, the 2011 Social Forum focuses on:

  • The promotion and effective realization of the right to development, in the context of the commemoration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Declaration on the Right to Development;
  • Measures and actions needed to make the right to development a reality for everyone at the local, national, regional and international levels, including the role and contribution of civil society and non-governmental organizations;
  • International assistance and cooperation, as well as the promotion of an enabling environment for the realization of the right to development.

Fore enquires, please contact the Secretariat of the Social Forum (fax: + 41 22 928 9010; e-mail:

Relevant documents

Feature story

'The right to development – who decides' - The Social Forum of the Human Rights Council meets to explore the way forward in making the right to development a reality for all. Non- governmental organisations, civil society groups and experts discuss the complex issues surrounding development as a human right.