The Inaugural Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 26 October at 18:00.

The opening of the conference will be officiated by Her Right Worshipfulness, the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Roz Gladden and feature a keynote address by Stephen Lewis, co-founder and director of AIDS-Free World, whose prestigious career includes serving as Deputy Executive of UNICEF, United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and Canadian Ambassador to the UN.

The session will also include remarks from Union President Dr E Jane Carter and Executive Director Jos‎é Luis Castro, as well as the presentation of The Union Medal, The Union’s highest honour, which is awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the control of tuberculosis (TB) or lung health through their scientific work and/or actions in the field.

Entertainment by Liverpool band “Sing Your Socks Off” will feature persons living (and singing) with COPD and asthma who, through the Breathe Easy Programme of the Merseyside Health Trust, have recovered their lung capacity through singing.

A Welcome Reception for all delegates, exhibitors and accompanying persons will be held immediately afterwards, hosted in conjunction with the City of Liverpool. All will have the opportunity to enjoy the thematic specialties and cultural delights for which Liverpool enjoys worldwide renown.

The conference will conclude on Saturday 29 October with highlights of the scientific outcomes in the Rapporteur Session, immediately followed by the Closing Ceremony. British MP and long-time TB champion, Nick Herbert, will provide the closing keynote and our local partners for the 2017 World Conference will introduce us to the sights and sounds of the conference next year.


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Photo: Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health for South Africa at the 2014 Inaugural Ceremony