Warsaw Human Dimension Conference (WHDC)

Press releases, 31.10.2023

The second edition of the Warsaw Human Dimension Conference (WHDC) took place from 2 to 13 October with about 1,500 participants, of which over 600 were civil society representatives. 

Detail of the poster for this year's Warsaw Conference
The Warsaw Conference facilitated a lively exchange between OSCE member states and representatives of international human rights organizations. © Swiss Mission

The conference is being held in place of the regular OSCE Human Rights Conference (HDIM), as this year, for the third time in a row since 2020, no consensus could be found to hold it. The conference was opened with speeches by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Foreign Minister of Northern Macedonia, Bujar Osmani, and by the Polish Foreign Minister, Zbigniew Rau, representing the host country. The discussions in the plenary sessions were dominated by the war against Ukraine, the human rights situation in Russia, Belarus and Central Asia, and the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. Switzerland spoke in the opening session and in the thematic session on freedom of the media, as well as in the session on torture prevention and the death penalty.