World Cancer Declaration Refresh

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We are pleased to invite you to participate to the second phase of the e-consultation on the World Cancer Declaration (WCD) Refresh that aims to align its targets and actions with the recently adopted global Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) framework, and the ongoing Post-2015 discussions. In this phase, we would like to ask you to rate the refreshed text and tell us how you will use this document in your organisation's advocacy efforts. UICC will continue to use it as the basis of our advocacy work to position cancer in the post-2015 discussions.

The World Cancer Declaration needs to be relevant to the evolving context of NCDs in order to make the international community receptive to the Declaration’s arguments and responsive to its call to action. As it currently stands, the World Cancer Declaration is positioned as a tool to help bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and health policy-makers in order to significantly reduce the global cancer burden by 2020 through 11 key targets.  It represents a consensus between government officials, public health experts and cancer advocates from around the world who are committed to eliminating cancer as a life threatening disease for future generations. Up to date, the World Cancer Declaration has been signed by 525,428 people. 

 

Why the Refresh?

In light of the recent developments in the fight against NCDs, there is a need to more closely align the World Cancer Declaration with the emerging global NCD framework and post-2015 development agenda to be able to reach out to the broader health and development community, and ensure its long-term delivery. The World Cancer Declaration was written at a time where NCDs were not being addressed as a coherent ensemble. With this refreshed version, we aim to bridge this gap.

The international cancer and NCD community have achieved key milestones in the last two years that have set the foundation for accelerated global and national action to reduce preventable NCD deaths and save millions of lives. In 2011 we made history with the adoption of the UN Political Declaration on NCDs. In 2012 we set the world on course with the adoption of a global target to reduce NCD mortality by 25% by 2025. And now, in 2013, we have secured the foundations of the global NCD architecture to accelerate progress with the adoption of the omnibus resolution on NCDs.  

The next milestone will be ensuring the integration of NCDs in the post-2015 development agenda. On 31 May the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons (HLP) released their final report setting out a preliminary universal agenda to build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and deliver on the promise of sustainable development. Significantly for the cancer and NCD communities, the report reaffirms NCDs as a global development challenge and an issue deserving universal attention. NCDs feature alongside other global health priorities as one of the five targets for health.

Consultation Process

The e-consultation does not aim to change and/or reinvent the Declaration but rather to refresh the language used to broaden its scope. The consultation has two phases that will give you the chance to:  

Phase 1: provide comments on different sections of the current declaration that you think may need improvement (until 19 July 2013). 
Phase 2: provide additional comments on a revised version of the Declaration, rate the refreshed text and tell us how you will use this document in your organisation's advocacy, training, etc.

Please note that you can make your comments in the language of your preference between English, Spanish, and French. 

The omnibus resolution on NCDs encompasses several key decisions that can help you frame  your comments, including adopting the Global Monitoring Framework (GMF) on NCDs, endorsing the Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020, and developing a global coordination mechanism (GCM) for NCDs. These decisions represent major gains for the cancer community and provide a comprehensive framework for action, accountability, and coordination that the cancer community should harness as best as possible. 

We would kindly ask you to focus your comments on this evolving context for NCDs. 

Further Reading

You can consult the following documents to frame your comments:

Expected Outcome

The feedback from this consultation will be presented to government officials and high-level policy makers during the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit that will be held in South Africa, on 18-19 November, 2013. 

If you wish your comments to be incorporated, please send them before 16 September 2013.