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50th Union World Conference on Lung Health

30 Oct 2019 to 02 Nov 2019
Hyderabad, India

Theme: Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action

We stand at a crossroads for lung health, with the conference coming one year after the first ever United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on tuberculosis (TB) and the third UN High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases. The conference theme, 'Ending the Emergency: Science, Leadership, Action', focuses on what is needed to ensure commitments become action, and that lifesaving targets are met.

As host country to the conference, India provides a unique backdrop to discussions on ending TB and lung disease with the current highest burden of TB in the world, and ambitious targets to eliminate TB by 2025.

The conference theme resonates strongly with TB, but it also raises awareness that all threats to lung health – TB, air pollution, tobacco and many more – are emergencies that our science, leadership and action needs to meet head on.

About the conference 

The Union World Conference on Lung Health is the world’s largest gathering of clinicians and public health workers, health programme managers, policymakers, researchers and advocates working to end the suffering caused by 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. Organising international conferences on tuberculosis (TB) and related subjects has been a core activity of The Union since its founding in 1920.


The Union World Conference attracts thousands of delegates from more than 130 countries and brings recognised global experts and opinion formers from all over the world to take part in the over 300 sessions offered by the four-day scientific programme. 


  • Plenary sessions 
  • Post-graduate courses 
  • Workshops 
  • Over 60 symposia 
  • Oral abstract sessions 
  • E-poster sessions 
  • Poster discussion sessions 
  • Meet the expert sessions 
  • Satellite sessions 
  • Special sessions 
  • Community Space sessions