Networks and partners

Dive into the larger UICC network of alliances and partnerships, with which we work hand in hand to make progress in the fight against cancer.

Networks and partners

UICC, established in 1933, is the oldest and largest cancer fighting organisation globally, with more than 1000 members across 162 countries, more than 50 partners, and official relations with the World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer, International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations Office of Drug and Crime, and consultative status at United Nations Economic and Social Council.

We aim to unite the cancer community through the access and exchange of knowledge, strengthened capacity, and an expansive and growing network, at the global, national and local level, by focusing on convening, capacity building and advocacy. These partnerships are essential to delivering the World Cancer Declaration targets, as well as to driving our global advocacy agenda.

UICC Framework

Planning and registries

Cancer planning and registration

Population-based cancer registries (PBCR) and National Cancer Control Plans (NCCP) are central to the effective use of resources for cancer prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and care. PBCRs and NCCPs are the foundation stones of comprehensive cancer control, and feature as the first two targets of the World Cancer Declaration.

Survivorship: CONCORD


CONCORD is a world-wide programme for surveillance of cancer survival, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and in partnership with IARC. The most recent study examined data for 26 million individual cancer patients diagnosed 1995-2009, provided by 279 cancer registries in 67 countries.

CONCORD helps to generate robust data on trends and inequalities in cancer survival around the world. These data support the development of cancer control plans in many countries. Future data will support evaluation of the effectiveness of national programmes in delivering early diagnosis and access to more effective treatments.

CONCORD results can be found here.

Other networks

Cervical Cancer Action

The Cervical Cancer Action  network aims to maximise the impact of those working to stop cervical cancer, with a membership including Cancer Research UK, the American Cancer Society, PATH, WHO and UICC.

Cervical Cancer Action works specifically to:

  • Advocate on global, regional, and national levels for the necessary political and financial commitment to:
    • Raise awareness and demand for new cervical cancer prevention technologies.
    • Expand resources committed to cervical cancer prevention.
    • Expedite regulatory approval and issuance of guidelines for use of new prevention and treatment tools.
    • Encourage affordable pricing and adequate supplies from the manufacturers.
  • Promote a comprehensive approach to cervical cancer prevention focused on the most appropriate use of new and existing technologies.
  • Facilitate better communication among partner organizations and the larger community of cervical cancer organizations to improve knowledge and share lessons learned about current activities and results.
  • Foster the efficient and effective use of resources through information sharing and strategic partnering between members and other stakeholder organizations.
  • Monitor and build accountability among stakeholders to catalyze efforts in the global elimination of cervical cancer.
Cervical Cancer Action

Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5


The Breast Cancer Initiative 2.5 (BCI2.5) represents a new commitment to unite the global breast cancer community behind a common goal to make breast health a global priority and reduce disparities in breast cancer outcomes worldwide. The initiative began as a call for action in 2014 supported by UICC, the American Cancer Society, and Susan G. Komen.

“As the most common cancer among women, breast cancer must be addressed at the global level. Progress made in high income countries has not yet been mirrored in low and middle-income countries. These differences represent a real and tangible opportunity to improve women’s lives." 

-Benjamin O. Anderson, Chair and Director of Breast Health Global Initiative, a founding member of BCI2.5

Since that initial pledge, the BCI2.5 has been engaging partners around the world, assessing need, identifying priorities and defining a strategy to meet this goal. Its consensus-based approach empowers regional champions to bring about change with the aid of its analytic, assessment and planning tools, educational materials and implementation science research methodology. The BCI2.5 delivers evidence-based technical expertise and a resource-stratified approach to improving breast health services and care at any resource level. The initiative is inclusive and encourages organizations, institutions and countries to connect and join the effort.

More information can be found on their website.

Global Access to Pain Relief

The Global Access to Pain Relief Initiative (GAPRI) addresses target 8 of the World Cancer Declaration to make essential pain medicines universally available by 2020.

GAPRI builds capacity through action that addresses the following objectives:

  • Empowering governments to take the lead in expanding access to pain relief and palliative care
  • Mainstreaming the issue of pain treatment and palliative care in the global health and drug regulation agenda
  • Calling for integration pain management and palliative care into national cancer control plans and supporting strengthening of the health system response.


Cochrane is a global independent network of more than 30,000 researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health. It produces reviews that summarise the best available evidence generated through research to inform decisions about health. In 2016, UICC and Cochrane signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop and implement joint activities that support evidence-based advocacy for cancer control.

Cochrane Crowd is a citizen science platform of relevant randomizd-controlled trials to support knowledge sharing and evidence-based decision making. As a member of Cochrane crowd, you participate in efforts to catagorise and summarise healthcare evidence to support better healthcare decisions. Over 5000 participants from 118 countries have contributed to screening and citing this growing database so far. More information

Cochrane Task Exchange allows you to connect with the global Cochrane community, working with experts to complete your Cochrane reviews. On this platform, you can either post or respond to tasks, while also browsing the existing network of experts for the specific input you require. More information

For more information about Cochrane, please visit

Last update: 
Thursday 22 June 2017