C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge

A concrete response to the Sustainable Development Goals 

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UICC is spearheading an ambitious new challenge to support cities to lead on cancer solutions.

C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge’ is a truly multi-sectoral initiative through which all city stakeholders will be engaged in the design, planning and implementation of cancer treatment solutions . Cities will be encouraged and supported to take the lead on improving the health of their citizens and reducing inequities in access to quality cancer care.

C/Can 2025 has been conceived to address the urgent need to turn political commitments made at the global level into fully functional, comprehensive cancer solutions, which can reach the majority of the world’s population.

The global target to reduce premature deaths from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) by 25% by 2025 has been a call to mobilise community and nations around the world. However focusing solely on NCD risk factors alone will not reduce cancer mortality rates by 2025. Improvements in early detection and treatment will be critical.

  • The initiative was formally launched at the Annual World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos on 17 January 2017 at 17h00
  • On 2 February 2017, to tie in with the occasion of World Cancer Day (Saturday 4 February 2017), UICC organised an invitation only high-level dinner to formally introduce the first key learning cities who have committed to C/Can 2025.
  • An interactive workshop was held the following day focused on the roll out of the first phase of C/Can 2025 in the key learning cities.