Latest international advocacy news: palliative care resolution to be adopted during the World Health Assembly next month and High-Level NCD review to take place in New York in July as a follow-up of the 2011 High-Level NCD meeting

A resolution on palliative care - “Strengthening of palliative care as a component of integrated treatment throughout the life course” – will be considered for adoption by the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2014.  

AORTIC, Breast without Spot Initiative and Instituto Nacional de Cãncer (INCA) were some of the UICC members that have been instrumental in advocating for the development of this resolution, reaching out to Ministries of Health throughout the process, and raising awareness of our key messages.  

Norwegian Cancer Society, Dutch Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute (USA), Canadian Cancer Society and World Cancer Research Fund will also join UICC’s delegation to the 2014 WHA and support advocacy efforts on this issue. 

UICC is organising a side event at WHA to share concrete and successful models of integration of palliative care into health systems.  

High-Level NCD Review (10-11 July, New York) 

This will be the second time that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have a standalone political meeting. It will be a critical opportunity to take stock on progress, share successes and lessons learned, challenges and opportunities, and recommendations to guide the NCD response beyond 2014. 

The meeting will result in a concise, focused, action-oriented outcome document.

As an NGO with ECOSOC status, UICC will have the possibility to register for both events – as soon as we have more information about the registration process and engagement opportunities for UICC members, we will reach out to the membership.