Refreshed Targets

The World Cancer Declaration is 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, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. 

Updated in 2013 to align with new government commitments to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in all countries, the Declaration represents a consensus between public health experts and cancer advocates, and outlines 10 key targets to be achieved by 2025. 

Targets: by 2025

  1. Health systems will be strengthened to ensure sustained delivery of effective and comprehensive, people-centred cancer control programmes across the life-course for all, in all countries
  2. Population-based cancer registries and surveillance systems to measure the global cancer burden, and the impact of national cancer control programmes will have improved significantly
  3. Global tobacco consumption, overweight and obesity, unhealthy diets and alcohol intake, and levels of physical inactivity, as well as other leading exposures to risk factors will have fallen significantly
  4. Populations in the areas affected by HPV and HBV will be covered by universal vaccination programmes
  5. Public stigma towards cancer and cancer patients will improve and damaging myths and misconceptions about the disease will be dispelled
  6. A greater proportion of cancers will be diagnosed when still localized through the provision of targeted, population-based screening and early detection programmes and high levels of public and professional awareness about important cancer warning signs and symptoms
  7. Access to accurate cancer diagnosis, appropriate multidisciplinary treatment, supportive care, rehabilitation and palliative care services, including availability of affordable essential  medicines and technologies, will have improved for cancer patients in all countries
  8. Effective pain control measures, and distress management, will be available to cancer patients in all countries
  9. Innovative training opportunities for health workers in different aspects of cancer control will have improved significantly, particularly in low- and middle- income countries
  10. There will be major reductions in premature deaths from cancer, and improvements in quality of life and cancer survival rates at all stages of life, in all countries

Political momentum behind the 2025 targets

In 2011 heads of state and government adopted the United Nations Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), a landmark document which acknowledges that the global burden and threat of NCDs, including cancer, constitutes one of the greatest challenges for development in the 21st century.  Following up on core commitments in the Political Declaration, governments have since adopted a Global Monitoring Framework for NCDs (GMF), a Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020 (GAP), and by the end of 2013 will have established a Global Coordination Mechanism and UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs – creating three pillars of a new global NCD architecture – action, accountability and coordination.   

The GMF and GAP include cancer-specific targets, indicators and actions that span the full continuum of care for cancer, and are closely aligned with achievement of the World Cancer Declaration targets. The GMF includes a set of 9 global voluntary targets to be achieved by 2025 including: 

  • A 25% relative reduction in risk of premature mortality from NCDs
  • At least 10% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol
  • A 10% relative reduction in prevalence of insufficient physical activity
  • A 30% relative reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use in persons aged 15+ years
  • Halt in the rise in diabetes and obesity
  • An 80% availability of affordable basic technologies and essential medicines


Last update: 
Tuesday 13 May 2014