Registration is now open for the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health to be held in Paris on 30 October–3 November 2013. The conference is the largest annual meeting focusing on lung health and related issues as they affect low- and middle-income countries. The theme this year is "Shared air, safe air?"
The Union supports the "Overhead Myth" campaign launched to raise awareness among donors that the percentage of funds that an organisation spends on overhead is a poor indicator of its effectiveness or overall performance.
After 22 years as Executive Director of The Union, Dr Nils E Billo announced his decision to retire at a retreat of the organisation's Board of Directors on 7 June. The Board has appointed José Luis Castro, Deputy Executive Director, to serve as Interim Executive Director while a search is undertaken for a permanent Executive Director.
The UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) released their final report on the post-2015 development agenda on 30 May. The report sets out a preliminary universal agenda to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and deliver on the promise of sustainable development.