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Cancer Resolution

Call for national action following the WHA adoption of a cancer resolution

On Tuesday, 30 May, health leaders from across the world reaffirmed cancer control as a critical
health and development priority as they adopted a new cancer resolution at the 70th World Health
Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.


To bring global-to-national commitments raised in the cancer resolution into the public space, we count on the support of our members, partners, networks and key stakeholders to use this momentum to drive national action following the resolution’s adoption.

The 2017 cancer resolution aligns with both the globally agreed NCD targets and action plan, and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), which is key for making sure that cancer is part of the emerging dialogue on universal health coverage. The 2017 resolution provides cancer-specific guidance to Member States across the care continuum. Now, we are calling for action on the health systems response, specifically, population-based, holistic approaches to programmes and the expansion and scale up of diagnosis, treatment and care services so that no one is left behind.

To make it as easy as possible for you to support and add your voice to this call for action, UICC has created this communications package providing materials that can be used by you as it is or tailored to fit your own national agenda and your own organisational focus, and disseminated within your social media networks and across your communication channels. We also encourage you to share this package within your own networks and encourage more organisations to add their voice.

Please contact UICC's advocacy team via to find out more about the resolution and how you can support it.

Join our advocacy network

In the lead up to the 2011 UN High Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), UICC's advocacy team worked with a small group of UICC members to advocate for a strong outcome for the cancer community.  Known as the CAN25by25 network, this group continues to play a critical role in positioning cancer and other NCDs as a global health and development issue, securing cancer-specific commitments from governments around the world, and helping to drive their implementation at national level. CAN25by25 includes over 50 UICC members. By joining the CAN25by25 network, you will receive regular information updates on global advocacy developments, programmes, training opportunities, and advocacy resources that can support your work at national level.  You will also have a unique opportunity to help strengthen our global advocacy efforts in three key areas:

  • Communications: Help us disseminate and promote key cancer and NCD messages
  • Evidence-based advocacy: Share data, and examples of good practices in cancer prevention and control from your country
  • Technical Expertise: Provide input into UICC position papers, factsheets, and contributions to UN and WHO consultation processes

Please contact for more information.

Advocacy and Networks Team © UICC 2016

Key advocacy events

Upcoming events include:

Upcoming events include:

  • The WHO Global Conference on NCDs will be hosted in Montevideo, Uruguay from 18-20 October, 2017.
  • The World Cancer Leaders' Summit will be hosted in Mexico City, Mexico, 11-15 November, 2017.
  • The next Global NCD Forum in Sharjah, UAE from 9-11 December 2017, co-hosted by the NCD Alliance and Friends of Cancer Patients.
  • We expect the next UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in summer or fall of 2018, TBC.
Last update: 
Friday 23 June 2017