Code of conduct

Principles and Values of Conference Participation

The Union’s values are:

  • Quality: we deliver our services and products to the highest possible standards.
  • Accountability: we are responsible stewards of resources and deliver on our commitments.
  • Independence: we maintain the freedom to pursue innovation and are guided by the best evidence to improve the health of the poor.
  • Solidarity: we stand together as one Union to overcome the greatest challenges to improve health among the communities we serve.

The Union World Conference on Lung Health provides space for participation, freedom of expression, and community involvement. Advocacy, activism, and open dialogue are essential in the fight against TB and other lung diseases.

While peaceful protest is an important element of participation at the Union World Conference, the organisers oppose:

  • destruction of property
  • the use or threat of physical force by any individual or group of individuals during the conference, and
  • the disruption of conference sessions or satellite symposia that results in the inability for dialogue and debate to take place

The Union World Conference seeks to encourage debate and dialogue among all participants, respecting each others’ diverse views. The programme will include sessions and activities for various viewpoints to be expressed and heard.

Threats or harassment aimed at other delegates and exhibitors, or damage to property anywhere in the venue, including defacement or alteration of exhibition stands will not be tolerated.

The Union Community Advisory Panel (UCAP), in collaboration with The Union’s Civil Society and Advocacy Lead, act as Community Liaisons throughout the Union World Conference. The Liaisons will consult with community members and organisations prior to any planned action that may result in any disruption to provide active support of peaceful protest and ensure these Principles and Values are understood and respected by all participants and affected parties.

All participants are subject to the laws applicable in the host country, and violence, abuse or criminal damage may be reported to relevant authorities.

The Union World Conference reserves the right to withdraw the name badge, and therefore, deny access to any participants who do not adhere to these Principles and Values.

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