In light of groundbreaking developments in the fight against NCDs, and with the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, UICC saw a growing need to more closely align the Declaration with the emerging global NCD framework and the dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda. We believe that the Declaration targets will resonate more widely, allowing the cancer community to reach out to non-traditional partners in the development, disability, education, employment and many other sectors for innovative partnership.
More specifically, UICC encourages the World Cancer Declaration to be used:
- To urge governments to implement policies and programmes that the cancer community knows will be successful if they are adequately resourced and embedded within national cancer and NCD plans.
- To reach out beyond health ministries to gain the political backing of all sectors of government – using the Declaration together with resource-appropriate and culturally relevant examples of successful implementation of policies outside of health is critical to ensuring a whole-of-government response to the cancer crisis.
- To continue pressing for cancer and other NCDs to be embedded within the next generation of internationally agreed development goals.
- UICC’s updated Advocacy Toolkit will include detailed and practical guidance for UICC members on how the Declaration can be used to frame and strengthen their advocacy and programmatic efforts.