The International Forum for Social Development was a three-year project undertaken by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs for the purpose of promoting international cooperation for social development and supporting developing countries and social groups not benefiting from the globalization process. This publication provides an overview and interpretation of the discussions and debates of the four meetings of the Forum, held between February 2002 and October 2004. At head of title: Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Social Policy and Development, the International Forum for Social Development. U.N. document symbol: ST/ESA/305. U.N. sales number: E.06.IV.2.