On 18 November 2013 a refreshed World Cancer Declaration was launched at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Cape Town, South Africa. The Declaration now contains 9 targets and the following overarching goal: “There will be major reductions in premature deaths from cancer, and improvements in quality of life and cancer survival rates.”

In light of the groundbreaking developments in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and with the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, UICC saw a growing need to more closely align the Declaration with the emerging global NCD framework and the dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda.

The refreshed version of the World Cancer Declaration is a great tool for members to guide their advocacy efforts at national level and align them with the global messages UICC is trying to convey to health and development leaders.


A Palliative Care Resolution to be adopted in 2014

To secure the adoption of this Resolution, we need to ensure significant support from all major world regions, and in particular from the Member States represented on WHO’s Executive Board. Please use our template letter to reach out to your Minister of Health, encouraging them to support the development of this Resolution that will help drive action at a national level to reduce barriers to the availability and accessibility of palliative care for cancer patients, including opioids for the management of pain.  
From 20-25 January, palliative care will be on the agenda at the WHO Executive Board meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. If Board Members reach consensus on the text of the resolution, it will be adopted and referred to the World Health Assembly for formal adoption in May 2014.

Please click here for a list of Executive Board countries.