The 51st Union World
Conference on Lung Health

Advancing
Prevention

21-24 October 2020
Seville, Spain

About the conference

Join us at the 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health, in Seville, Spain, from 21-24 October 2020.

The Union World Conference is the world’s largest gathering of researchers, global advocates, scientists, healthcare professionals, students and community members working to end the suffering caused by tuberculosis and lung disease, with a focus specifically on the challenges faced by low- and lower-middle income populations. Of the 10 million people who die each year from lung diseases, some 80 percent live in these resource-limited settings.

advancing prevention

Prevention is a key element to ending tuberculosis (TB), reducing tobacco use and improving lung health worldwide. Yet prevention has been neglected as a research and operational priority in this sector – and has never featured as a conference theme to date. The 51st Union World Conference on Lung Health will put prevention at centre stage in this conversations.

Building on from previous years, the theme draws on commitments made in the political declaration adopted at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB in 2018, which promised to end the TB emergency by preventing hundreds of thousands of infection and death every year.

Similarly, tobacco use is a major preventable risk factor for non-communicable diseases and significantly increases a person’s risk of developing TB, as well as impairing treatment outcomes. As the tobacco industry continues to target young people and non-smokers worldwide with products intended to addict new generations of users, preventing uptake is key.

And seven million people die every year from polluted air. There is a pressing need for policies and science that work to prevent air pollution, support lung health and reduce the burden of resulting diseases like COPD, asthma and others.

Key Dates

Registration and scientific submissions open in 2020.

Get Involved

Various sponsorship and promotional opportunities are available, including satellite sessions, online and onsite promotion, and sponsorship of volunteers and scholarship recipients.

For more information on how to get involved, email partners@theunion.org