The congress will take place at the Scandic Copenhagen Hotel in Copenhagen, Denmark from Friday 4 August 2023 to Sunday 6 August 2023, with optional pre-congress events taking place in the days leading up (see the program below). This is the first time humanists will meet for a world congress since 2014 in Oxford, UK.
The World Humanist Congress is the largest gathering of humanists from around the globe.
The theme of the 2023 congress is “Building Better Democracies Through Humanist Values”. Democracy is one of the core values of humanism. These are the very first words of Humanist International’s Minimum Statement: “Humanism is a democratic, non-theistic, and ethical life stance”.
Democracy is threatened on many fronts in the world today. We will examine some of the threats but first and foremost we will focus on how humanist values and practices can contribute to building and supporting strong and well-functioning democracies.
There will be a long list of other speakers and panelists from within and outside of the humanist movement, including Andrew Copson, Elizabeth O’Casey, Trond Enger, Lois Lee, Atko Remmel, Babu Gogineni, Vikas Gora, and many others, waiting to be confirmed.
Though humanists have met online and on regional and local levels since 2014, this is the first time in nine years we will come together as a movement. We need to consolidate ourselves in a changing world. And we need a humanist conversation on who we are going to be as a movement in the world of today – and tomorrow.
Thus we have made it a priority of the congress to mainly use speakers from within the movement – to facilitate that humanist conversation, and to reacquaint us as a global movement with at least some of the aspects that make us who we are.
Anyone who identifies with the humanist life stance is welcome to attend, including:
It will be possible for delegates from Member Organizations to apply for travel grants through Humanists International.
The majority of the program is open to all attendees, with the exception of the Humanists International General Assembly, which is for appointed delegates only. A separate registration is required for the General Assembly.
Check out all recent developments to the program on our website: WHC2023.com
“We are very much looking forward to this. It has been nine years! We hope to see a wide variety of humanists joining us in Copenhagen”
Gary McLelland, Chief Executive of Humanists International