2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit Preliminary Agenda

Theme: “Cancer and Universal Health Coverage”

Reducing the number of premature deaths caused by cancer requires addressing inequities in access to cancer services to achieve the UHC vision of health for all. With “Cancer and Universal Health Coverage” as a topic, the 2019 edition of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit aims to focus attention on expanding access to quality preventive, early detection, treatment and care for cancer. Current issues examined during the day include perspectives on the relationship between strong, sustainable and ‘people centred’ health systems and the effective prevention and control of NCDs, promoting health equity in access to cancer services, and priority setting as part of the progressive realization of UHC.

Click below to see the preliminary agenda for each day:

15 October – Summit Day 1 agenda

Venue: Hilton Expo Hotel
Sessions closed to press & media

The objective of the Day 1 of the WCLS aims at engaging conversations and starting debates around Universal Health Coverage, with the ambition to share more technical key knowledge to participants to inform the broader policy discussions on Day 2. A central networking hub will be available to participants throughout the day with only two sessions running in parallel throughout the day.

More info about the different sessions available HERE

09:00 – 09:30

World Cancer Leaders’ Summit Welcome address  
open to all participants / open to press & media

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • H.E. Mr Yelzhan Birtanov, Minister of Healthcare, Kazakhstan
  Meeting Room 3 Grand Ballroom 3
09:30 –10:30

Exploring the effective use of law to achieve UHC
Session organised by McCabe Centre for Law & Cancer and UICC, and supported by Cancer Council Australia and Cancer Council Victoria

Public Private Dialogue - Availability of essential medicines & technologies
Session supported by MSD and Novartis
More sponsorship opportunities available

11:00 - 12:00

Regional approaches: Universal Health Coverage and Cancer
Session open for sponsorship

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch –  open to all participants
More sponsorship opportunities available

13:30 - 14:30

Cancer and UHC
Session supported by Merck Group

UHC: A holistic approach to advance cancer control globally
Session supported by Roche

14:50 - 15:50

Big Data, advanced analytics and personalised cancer care
Session sponsored by Roche and Princess Margaret Cancer Center

Supporting priority setting and costing of cancer interventions as part of UHC
Session organised by UICC-WHO
More sponsorship opportunities available (NGO only)

16:00 - 17:00

Aging and comorbidity in a UHC world (title tbc)
Session supported by Sanofi

Global collaboration towards cervical cancer elimination
Session organised by UICC

19:00 – 21:00

Summit Gala Dinner
Including Award ceremony for an Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control
Interview of the awardee open to press & media

For more info about sponsorship opportunities, please contact wcls@uicc.org

16 October – Summit Day 2 agenda

Venue: Congress Center 
Closed to press & media

07:30 – 08:30

UICC Young Leaders breakfast
By invitation only

Venue: Astana Congress Center 
Open to press & media

Find out more about the speakers of the day by reading their biographies here

09:00 – 09:20



09:20 - 09:50

Master of Ceremony - TBA
Welcome and Keynote addresses

  • H.R.H. Princess Dina Mired, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • H.E. Nursultan Nazarbayev, First President of Kazakhstan

Perspective on UHC from the UN agencies

  • Dr. Ren Minghui, Assistant Director General, UHC, Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases of World Health Organization
  • Dr. Elisabete Weiderpass, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • Acting Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) - TBC

09:50 – 10:05

Keynote presentation – ‘Investing in the health system: how does this improve cancer outcomes?’

  • Mr. Robert Yates, Head of UHC Policy Forum, Centre on Global Health Security

10:05 – 10:25

Interviews and discussion panels conducted by Charles Goddard, The Economist
Interview - Providing sustainable coverage of cancer services: A perspective from the UK

  • Ms. Michelle Mitchell, CEO, Cancer Research UK

10:25 – 10:50

Coffee Break

10:50 – 11:20

Presentation/talk: "Defining the essential national UHC package"

  • Perspective from Sri Lanka: H.E. Dr Rajitha Senaratne, M.P., Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine
  • Perspective from Rwanda: H.E. Dr Diane Gashumba, Minister of HealthTBC
  • Perspective from Georgia: H.E. Ekaterine Tikaradze, Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs – TBC

11:25 – 11:45

Interview - Funding UHC: A finance's perspective

  • Mr. Yerbolat Dossayev, Head of the National Bank, Kazakhstan – TBC

11:45 – 12:00

Keynote presentation: "Towards cervical cancer elimination: The central role of UHC" 

  • Dr. Karen Canfell, Chair, Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, Cancer Council Australia
12:00 – 12:30 Views and perspective from the audience
12:00 – 12:30 Press conference 
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:45

Discussion panel: Multi sectoral perspectives on ‘Access creates Progress’

  • Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Director, Director of the Division of NCDs and Promoting Health through the Life-Course, WHO/EURO
  • Ms Carmen Auste, CEO, Cancer Warriors Foundation, Philippines
  • Mr Jeffrey Sturchio, CEO, Rabin Martin
  • Ms Francesca Colombo, Head of Health Division, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Dr Ahmedin Jemal, Scientific Vice President, Surveillance and Health Services Research, American Cancer Society (ACS)

14:45 – 15:00

“Shaker session”: move to another table to introduce yourself and share two points of view / take home messages from the day. Feedback from the audience.

15:00 – 15:45 Discussion panel - Is cancer treatment too expensive for UHC?
  • Esteban Burrone, Head of Policy, Medicines Patent Pool
  • Jayasree K. Iyer, Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation
  • Representative from pharma industry - TBC
  • Representative from technology industry - TBC
  • Mrs. Lisa Stevens, Director, Programme for Action for Cancer Therapy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  – TBC
15:45 – 15:55 Live Q&A through the WCLS mobile app
15:55 – 16:15 Coffee Break

16:15 – 16:40

Views and perspective from the audience - how do we make cancer treatment affordable?

  • Dr. Filip Meheus, Health Economist, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - TBC
16:40 – 17:00

Closing addresses and Call to action
Call to Action

  • Dr. Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Closing address

  • H.E. Dr Ahmed Al Saidi, Minister of Health, Oman

17 October – Summit Day 3 agenda

Venue: Hilton Expo Hotel
Closed to press & media

Contribute to the capacity building day

The Day 3 of the WCLS aims at establishing action and creating impact from prior discussions that will be taken place during the previous days. It is the last day of the Summit and the main focus of its agenda will be on some of the activities of UICC’s capacity building portfolio.

There will be three rooms with three different set of activities. We will leverage on the presence of the CEO’s of UICC member organisations to organise a global CEO programme. In parallel, we will be holding our first UICC Vanguard Partners Advisory group meeting. For sponsors, there is on this day additional engagement opportunities available such as workshop or a public private dialogue session sponsorship.

  Grand Ballroom 2 Meeting Room 1 Meeting Room 3

08:30 –12:30

CEO Programme: Leadership in post-normal times: Applying foresight for organisational learning
– by invitation only
– UICC Full Members only
(click here for the agenda)

Programme supported by MSD

Treatment for All Workshop Part I 
with 20 country champions
– By invitation only
– UICC Members only

UICC Partners Meeting
– by invitation only
– UICC Partners only

12:30 –13:30


13:30 –17:00

Leadership strategies:  Effectively communicating in culturally diverse settings
Sponsored by the American Society
for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

Treatment for All Workshop Part II 
– By invitation only
– UICC Members only

Public-Private Dialogue
Topic to be discussed with sponsors

2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit supporters and partners
Last update: 
Thursday 15 August 2019