About UICC

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"We unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda."

UICC’s rapidly increasing membership base of over 950 organisations in more than 150 countries, represents the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health and patient groups and includes influential policy makers, researchers and experts in cancer prevention and control. UICC also boasts more than 50 strategic partners.

The organisation is dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. 

UICC uses key convening opportunities like the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, World Cancer Congress and World Cancer Day for continued focus on:

  • Developing specific time-bound targets and indicators to measure the national implementation of policies and approaches to prevent and control cancer
  • Raising the priority accorded to cancer in the global health and development agenda
  • Promoting a global response to cancer

UICC and its multisectoral partners are committed to encouraging governments to look towards the implementation and scale-up of quality and sustainable programmes that address the global burden of cancer and other NCDs. UICC is also a founding member of the NCD Alliance, a global civil society network that now represents almost 2,000 organisations in 170 countries.

GOVERNANCE

UICC is governed by its member organisations, which meet in a general assembly, held in conjunction withthe World Cancer Congress, every two years. Between assemblies, a board of 17 directors, elected by the General Assembly, act as the executive body of UICC.

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP

UICC works closely with key international UN agencies including: the World Health Organization (WHO), with whom we are in official relations, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), and has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In addition to this, UICC offers corporate partners a unique opportunity to demonstrate social responsibility on a global scale.

WORLD CANCER DECLARATION

This year alone, nearly 8 million people will die of cancer, and left unchecked, the number of deaths will increase to 13.2 million per year by 2030. UICC is committed to reducing the global cancer burden through delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration.

This call to action sets out 9 goals to be achieved by 2025 including:

  • Universal vaccination programmes for hepatitis B (HBV) and human papillomavirus (HPV) to prevent liver and cervical cancer
  • Dramatic reductions in the emigration of health workers with specialist cancer training
  • Universal availability of effective pain medication
  • Dispelling myths and misconceptions about cancer

A VISIONARY CAMPAIGN

UICC is committed to delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration through strategic partnerships involving members and other institutions interested in fighting cancer. Together we aim to save millions of lives by focusing on what needs to be done by taking the lead in:

  • Convening the global cancer control community
  • Advocacy and putting cancer on the global health agenda
  • Coordinating high-impact global programmes