The adoption in May 2013 of global commitments for non-communicable disease (NCD) control provides the framework for meeting the ambitious target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025. Advocacy aims to address the major challenge civil society and other stakeholders have in holding governments accountable for these commitments through evidence-based, action-oriented messaging.
Building on the Global NCD Action Plan (2013-2020) agreed by Member States at the World Health Assembly in May 2013, the global cancer community has identified a set of immediate actions for all stakeholders, in particular governments, to advance progress towards the 9 World Cancer Declaration targets and the overarching goal.
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.
The advocacy toolkit includes key messages and evidence to support advocacy and practical tools for strengthening advocacy, including:
Despite a growing recognition of health as a human right, cancer and other non-communicable disease receive little mention in the Unoited Nations framework for human rights. Cancer is, however, a public health and a human rights issue.
UICC has produced a human rights briefing that puts forward ways of exploring a rights-based approach to cancer control, focusing on standard setting, awareness raising and holding UN Member States to account.