Encuentro – a community gathering for a common cause

The conference community space ‘Encuentro’ has launched with a packed programme of debates, workshops and networking sessions, focused on the vital role of civil society in advancing lung health.  

Encuentro, meaning ‘meeting’ or ‘gathering’ in Spanish, is a place for community activists, civil society, and advocates to meet with scientists, researchers and policy-makers, to work together and build momentum for a common cause. All sessions are free and open to the public to encourage broad debate and opportunities to make new connections.

The programme opened with a debate around the role of civil society organisations in TB care service provision, and a networking zone for young people empowering them to become community change makers for TB.

Encuentro is run entirely by civil society organisations, and includes traditional symposium sessions in collaboration with scientific organisations, as well as innovative participatory sessions and creative events.  

Many events will be hosted in the large and welcoming tent area at the entrance of the conference centre, with stage and seating area, booths showcasing the work of civil society organisations, and stalls selling local handicrafts. Programme highlights include film screenings and ‘meet the artist’ sessions, as well as on site vaccines, health screening and HIV testing.

The Union World Conference has facilitated a community space at its last three annual events, recognising that civil society is instrumental in progressing and promoting lung health globally. It is also designed to celebrate the work of volunteers and activists committed to improving public health for all.

Explore the programme of Encuentro events