19 October-1 December 2020
The 51st Union World Conference On Lung Health


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Opening Ceremony
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Opening Ceremony
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Opening Ceremony: Marking The Union's Centennial Year
20 October 2020              2PM-3PM CEST
On 20 October 1920, representatives from 31 countries, recognising that a global health crisis – tuberculosis – could not be defeated without international collaboration and knowledge sharing, came together and founded The Union. One hundred years later, as the world struggles to confront a new infectious respiratory disease – COVID-19 – our founders’ vision remains as relevant as ever.

As The Union turns a century old, we also embark upon the first ever virtual Union World Conference. The opening ceremony will reflect on the journey so far and the distance left to travel.
We will hear from:
 - Her Imperial Highness Crown Princess Akishino of Japan
- President Bill Clinton
- World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
- Yvonne Chaka Chaka, singer, entrepreneur, Global Health Advocate and humanitarian
- Divya Sojan, TB survivor and nurse
- Shannon Hader, Deputy Executive Director United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
- Katherine Maher, Chief Executive of the Wikimedia Foundation (Interviewed by Noam Cohen, WIRED)
- Claire Forlani, UK Film and TV Actress, and The Union’s TB Ambassador
- Dr Tamaryn Green, TB Survivor, Medical Doctor, Miss South Africa 2018
President of The Union, Professor Guy Marks, The Union’s Executive Director, José Luis Castro, and Dr Keren Middelkoop, Chair Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities will also speak.

Please join our opening ceremony and we wish you an inspiring virtual Union World Conference.

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