Welcome Address

Welcome to the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, which will be held at the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain on 28 October–1 November 2014.

The conference theme is "Community-driven solutions for the next generation". This theme reflects the need to find solutions to the lung health challenges we face by involving all stakeholders from health care professionals and policy-makers to the people and communities they serve. This approach recognises the essential role of affected persons and advocates, whose input must be integrated into the conception, design and implementation of interventions along with that of other experts, such as clinicians and researchers, government officials and donors .

Whether the focus is on better ways to deliver medications or access health care, create policies to reach under-served populations or leverage resources, sustainable health solutions for both the present and future generations will only be reached through this full and committed participation.

The many applications of this theme will be explored throughout the five-day scientific programme, which will also present the latest developments in the inter-related fights against tuberculosis, HIV, lung disease and non-communicable diseases, as well as the global campaign for tobacco control.

We look forward to welcoming you to Barcelona.


Mr José Luis Castro
Executive Director 
Ms Rajita Bhavaraju, MPH, CHES
Chair, Coordinating Committee of Scientific Activities