"The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting is the single most important yearly OSCE event focusing on human rights and democracy in Europe, North America, and Central Asia. For the next two weeks, we will review how and to what extent governments in the OSCE region have put their human rights and democracy commitments into practice. More than 1,000 participants - government representatives, experts, human rights defenders - are expected to attend, making this Europe's largest human rights conference. In the spirit of the Helsinki movement, civil society organizations and the media have full access to all sessions and can discuss issues with government representatives on an equal footing. I hope that this conference will make an important contribution to advancing human rights, the rule of law, and democracy across the OSCE region."