OHCHR Social Forum

The Internet has significantly changed the way in which our society connects with one another, does business, and socializes. In the words of its founder, Francis Greenwood Peabody, Harvard’s Plummer Professor of Christian Morals from 1886 to 1913, the Social Museum of Harvard University was established to promote investigations of contemporary social situations and to direct the amelioration of business and social life” 1. The extant collection contains over forty-five hundred photographs made by professional and novice photographers and such pioneering documentarians as Lewis Hine and Frances Benjamin Johnston, as well as more than fifteen hundred related diagrams, albums, blueprints, plans, booklets, handwritten objects, and handcrafted objects.\n\nMany of the images give attention to the companies, activities, constituents, and associated buildings of social reform organizations and institutions in the United States and western Europe, but international locations corresponding to Japan, New Zealand, and the Philippines are also represented.\n\nTouted as the first attempt in a university to collect the social experience of the world as material for university instructing” 2, the Social Museum served in the course of the first three a long time of the 20th century as an educational and public software to promote the examine of social situations and institutions in America and abroad.\n\nThe Swedish social partners – the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise, the Swedish Agency for Government Employers, the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, the Swedish Trade Union Federation, the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations, the Swedish Confederation of Professional Workers and the Swedish Federation of Business Homeowners – have been invited to attend.\n\nOther civil society actors invited embody Social Platform, as a representative of many alternative civil society organisations in the EU, and the European Youth Forum, representing a lot of youth organisations in the EU. Representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions have also obtained invitations.