The Forum was meant to meet every two years. However, since 2001, it has only met three times. Responsibility for the Forum meeting rests with the Political Human and social Department of the ACP Secretariat.
The first Forum met in 2001; the second in 2006 and the third in 2009. Promises of a 4th Forum in 2011 never materialised and instead the Secretariat approved an assessment of the Forum. The outcome of the assessment, which has been completed, will determine whether or not the Forum will ever meet again.