The 2018 Social Forum

The 2018 Social Forum took place from 1 to 3 October 2018 in Room XX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. The Human Rights Council, in its resolution 35/28, 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'.

Outcome documents

Videos from the Forum

  • Opening remarks (Video)
  • Panel on Sport & the Olympic Ideal (Video)
  • Panel on Sports, Human Solidarity and Universal Values (Video)
  • Panel on Sports and the "Equal Rights of Men and Women"? (Video)
  • Panel on Celebrating Diversity (Video)
  • Panel on Sports and Rights at Work (Video)
  • Panel on Sports, Sustainable Cities & Adequate Standard of Living (Video)
  • Panel on Power of Collective Action for Sharing Sports (Video)
  • Panel on Sports for Sustainable Development & Sustained Peace (Video)
  • Panel on Youth, Children & Future Generations (Video)
  • Panel on the Way Forward, closing remarks and musical performance  (Video)


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.

Side events

Further information