Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.
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World Cancer Declaration

In 2012, an estimated 14.1 million people were newly diagnosed with cancer. It is expected that by 2030, this number will rise to 21.6 million. This alarming trend can be reversed with strong action at global and national level. 

Investing in cancer control, from prevention to treatment and care, can bring about important changes in disease burden by reducing cancer-related illness and death. It is estimated that increased annual international funding of USD 18 billion globally on prevention, earlier detection and improved care for cancer patients could save three million lives per year by 2030 - and many more in the decades beyond.  

What is cancer control advocacy?

Advocacy for cancer control is a strategic process that is designed to influence governments, decision makers and other key stakeholders through the effective use of evidence, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

Advocacy at UICC

UICC unites the cancer community through our members and partners to reduce the global cancer burden and drive forward the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) agenda - building upon key international agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Action Plan on NCDs 2013-2020, the World Cancer Declaration and the 2017 Cancer Resolution -  to ensure that these global goals and targets are translated into national action.

In addition to all countries developing and implementing an appropriately resourced and time-bound national cancer plan, we wish to see measurable improvements in the way that cancers are detected, treated and cured around the world. 

With global cancer burden trends on the rise, advocacy at UICC is shifting its immediate attention to Treatment for All, a campaign emphasising improved data, early detection, treatment and care to meet our global commitment of a 25% reduction in cancer and NCD mortality by 2025.

The importance of the advocacy work

"We are proud to call ourselves one of the first partners of UICC. UICC called on our expertise in the area of cancer prevention for the global advocacy campaign. Together, UICC and its members have successfully placed cancer on the global stage, putting the cancer community in position for even greater success in the years to come.”

Dr Kate Allen, Director, Science and Communications

"Accurate and timely diagnosis is the first enemy of cancer, as it clips its potential from the outset and halts it from invading and conquering the whole body. Unfortunately, many cancer patients, especially in the developing world, do not have this safety net, and are completely exposed to cancer’s advances without any checks. We need a robust cancer resolution that encourages fast improvements in early detection and diagnosis through a clear and urgent health system response."

HRH Princess Dina Mired
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the cancer resolution

Let us call for national action from global commitments made through the 2017 . Add your voice: www.uicc.org/CancerResolution

Key advocacy initiatives

World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016

The 1000-strong UICC membership have worked collectively to create the World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, providing a unique civil society perspective on national successes and major challenges that remain to realise the Declaration targets, with perspectives from 113 countries.


Advocacy Toolkit

The 2nd edition of the UICC Advocacy Toolkit ‘Galvanizing Efforts To Achieve The World Cancer Declaration Targets’.

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24 September 2017
  • Advocacy
  • Networks

A new platform for coordinated action on nutrition and cancer

A joint statement from organisations with international commitment and responsibility in relation to cancer, nutrition, or both, addressing the lack of synergy across nutrition and cancer and inviting those interested in joining their community.

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15 September 2017
  • Advocacy
  • Networks

95 health groups request Phillip Morris International to stop selling cigarrettes

On 14 September, 95 organizations from around the globe published an open letter to Philip Morris International (PMI) demanding that they immediately cease the production, marketing and sale of cigarettes. The move was prompted by a similar recommendation from the Danish Institute for Human Rights, which had been hired by PMI to perform a human rights evaluation.

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15 September 2017
  • Advocacy
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Our Views, Our Voices workshop in Geneva, Switzerland 30-31 Oct.

In Geneva, Switzerland, on October 30-31, NCD Alliance will host an Our Views, Our Voices workshop, bringing together 40 people living with NCDs from across the world to discuss the results of the online and community consultations. These discussions will shape the Advocacy Agenda of people living with NCDs.

12 September 2017
  • Advocacy
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UN Global Compact exits tobacco companies

New York City/Geneva - Following its Board meeting in July 2017, the UN Global Compact has officially announced their decision to exclude tobacco companies from participating in the initiative.

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21 August 2017
  • Advocacy
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Add your voice to NCDA's Our Views, Our Voices initiative

An Online Consultation is available in English, French and Spanish to hear from those directly affected by NCDs, as well as care partners, relatives, and friends. Until 9 September, please add your voice to this online survey if you are a person affected by NCDs.

The Economist's War on Cancer
18 August 2017
  • Convening
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Join UICC at War on Cancer event in Bogotá

UICC will be joining the Economist Events' War on Cancer LATAM, taking place on 19 September in Bogotá, Colombia.