2017 World Cancer Leaders' Summit

The WCLS is held in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and is hosted by a UICC Member from the region.

Mexico City

2017 World Cancer Leaders' Summit
‘Cities driving change'
13-15 November | Mexico City, Mexico

The 2017 World Cancer Leaders' Summit has been themed 'Cities driving change', and builds on the achievements of the 2016 Summit in Paris which successfully called on 300 leaders and the global cancer community to work together to support the adoption of a cancer resolution by Member States at the 2017 World Health Assembly.

The event will take place on 13-15 November in Mexico City, and will be hosted by the National Cancer Institute of Mexico (INCAn).

This year's Summit will extend its call to action to city leaders, focussing on the key measures and building blocks that will help accelerate the implementation of quality cancer services in major conurbations, meet the needs of the local citizens, and ultimately save more lives. The theme of this year’s Summit 'Cities driving change' will focus on the leading role cities can play in improving access to the quality cancer services for their people. UICC's initiative 'C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge' will feature prominently throughout the event. 

Cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) enjoy an unprecedented global profile, yet of the 4 billion people living in cities today, few of them have access to high-quality cancer treatment outside of high-income countries. The Summit will give the opportunity to health leaders to hear and give their perspectives on how the global cancer community can partner with cities to support them in translating global commitments such as the 2025 NCD targets and SDGs 3 and 11, into to local impact.

Some of the participating guests will include Heads of States and Health Ministers from the region, First Ladies, members of royal families, UICC Board of Directors, CEOs of the world’s leading cancer societies and federations, leaders in UN agencies, private sector executives, city leaders and other key players. The Summit’s interactive agenda aims to engage the audience through inspiring keynote addresses, city leaders and ministerial panel discussions as well as interviews presenting successful city initiatives. 

The Summit is by invitation only and its attendance is mainly open to UICC Members and partners among the global health and cancer leadership community. For more information, please contact wcls@uicc.org


Monday 13 November 2017

Afternoon events:

  • City Leaders Roundtable - closed meeting
  • Ministers of Health Roundtable - closed meeting
  • Leadership in Action Regional Workshop - for invited Senior Executives of UICC Full member organisations (PAHO region)
  • Mexican Civil Society Meeting, led by the Instituto Nacional Contra el Cancer (INCAn), Mexico - closed meeting


  • World Cancer Leaders' Summit Official Dinner, hosted by the Instituto Nacional Contra el Cancer (INCAn), Mexico - open to all Summit participants

Tuesday 14 November 2017

  • Sponsored breakfast meetings - open to all Summit participants

Followed by the World Cancer Leaders' Summit (all day)

Wednesday 15 November 2017

  • Sponsored workshops - open to all Summit participants
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Tuesday 13 June 2017