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. Issues to be 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

The objective of Day 1 of the WCLS is to hold engaging conversations about the planning and implementation of Universal Health Coverage, with the ambition to share technical knowledge to participants and inform the broader policy discussions that will take place on Day 2. A central networking hub will be available to participants throughout the day with only two sessions running in parallel.

More information about the different sessions is available here

08:00 – 09:00 World Cancer Leaders' Summit networking hub opens
09:00 – 09:30

World Cancer Leaders’ Summit - Opening addresses  
open to all participants / open to press & media

  • Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • Dilyara Kaidarova, CEO, Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology (KazIOR)
  • H.E. Mr Yelzhan Birtanov, Minister of Healthcare, Kazakhstan
  • Saunthari Somasundaram, President of the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) Report on the 2018 WCLS impact
  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 on Access to cancer medicines: A better way forward
Session supported by ASCP, ESMO, Children Cancer Center of Lebanon, MSD, Novartis and  Pfizer Oncology

11:00 - 12:00

Regional perspectives on Cancer and Universal Health Coverage

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch –  open to all participants

13:30 - 14:30

Creating global consensus on screening and early detection standards
Session sponsored 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

16:00 - 17:00

Closing the age gap
Session sponsored by Sanofi

Making the national investment case for cervical cancer elimination
Session organised by UICC

19:00 – 21:45

World Cancer Leaders' Summit Gala Dinner
Astana Opera

Including Award ceremony for an Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control
* dress code cocktail 

Master of Ceremony - Mrs Tanya Beckett
H.E. Madam Dariga Nazarbayeva, Chairwoman of the Senate of Kazakhstan
H.E. Madam Emine Erdogan, First Lady of Turkey
Award introduction by H.R.H. Princess Dina Mired, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Presentation of the three shortlisted finalists:
Prof. Ian Hector Frazer, Affiliate Professorial Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, and Chair, Australian Medical Research Advisory Board
H.E. Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of Zambia
H.E. Dr Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay
Announcement of the Award Winner by H.R.H Princess Dina Mired, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

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

16 October – Summit Day 2 agenda

Venue: Hilton Expo Hotel

07:30 – 08:30

UICC Young Leaders' breakfast
By invitation only
Closed to press & media

The second day of the WCLS is the main Summit day. The aim is to engage the audience in broader policy discussions about UHC. Different speakers will provide global, regional and national perspectives on key topics related to achieving UHC and how these affect the global oncology community. The format includes expert panels, individual interviews, and interaction with the audience.

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 - Tanya Beckett
Welcome and Keynote addresses

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

Perspectives on cancer and UHC from UN agencies

  • Ren Minghui, Assistant Director General, UHC, Communicable Diseases and Non-Communicable Diseases of World Health Organization
  • Elisabete Weiderpass, Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
  • May Abdel-Wahab, Director, Division of Human Health, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
09:50 - 10:20 Sharing the perspectives of women leaders on cancer and UHC

Chaired by - Tanya Beckett

  • H.E. Madam Dariga Nazarbaeva, Chairwoman of the Senate of Kazakhstan
  • H.E. Madam Sika Kaboré, First Lady of Burkina Faso
  • Hon. H.E Yuthar Al Rawahy, Host of the 2020 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and World Cancer Congress in Oman; Founder and Honorary Life President of the Oman Cancer Association
  • H.R.H. Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

10:20 – 10:35

Keynote presentation – "Ensuring UHC reforms prioritise cancer services"

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

10:35 – 10:55

Coffee Break

10:55 – 11:15

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

  • Michelle Mitchell, CEO, Cancer Research UK

11:15 – 11:45

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

  • Perspective from Uruguay: H.E. Dr Jorge Basso, Minister of Public Health
  • Perspective from Mongolia: Tsetsegsaikhan Batmunkh, Founder & CEO, National Cancer Council, Advisor to the Health Minister

11:45 – 12:05

Interview - Investing in UHC: A perspective from Kazakhstan

  • H.E. Yelzhan Birtanov, Minister of Healthcare, Kazakhstan
  • H.E. Ruslan Yensebayev, Vice Minister of Finance, Kazakhstan

12:05 – 12:20

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

  • Karen Canfell, Chair, Cancer Screening and Immunisation Committee, Cancer Council Australia
12:10 – 12:40 Press conference
12:20 – 12:40 Views and perspectives from the audience
12:40 – 13:50 Lunch

13:50 – 14:35

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

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

14:35 – 14:50

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

14:50 – 15:35 Discussion panel - Making the case for cancer treatment and UHC
  • Esteban Burrone, Head of Policy, Medicines Patent Pool
  • Jayasree K. Iyer, Executive Director, Access to Medicine Foundation
  • Indranil Bagchi, Senior Vice President, Global Head, Value & Access, Oncology, Global Value and Access, Novartis
  • Lisa Stevens, Director, Programme for Action for Cancer Therapy, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Mary Gospodarowicz, Past President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) - Medical Director, Princess Margaret Cancer Center
15:35 – 15:50 Planning and costing cancer control interventions: a health economics perspective
  • Filip Meheus, Health Economist, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

15:50 – 16:00

Live Q&A session - participants can submit questions through the WCLS mobile app

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee Break

16:20 – 16:40

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

16:40 – 16:50


16:50 – 17:00

Call to action

  • Cary Adams, CEO, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

Closing addresses

  • Wahid Ali Al Kharusi, Board member, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  • Anil D’ Cruz, President-elect, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
17:00 - 18:00 World Cancer Leaders' Summit cocktail reception
19:30 - 21:30 Thank you dinner
Farhi Hall restaurant

By invitation only
Transfers will leave from the Astana Congress Center (via Marriott) at 18:30 

17 October – Summit Day 3 agenda

Venue: Hilton Expo Hotel
Closed to press & media

Contribute to the capacity building day

The focus of Day 3 will be on some of the activities of UICC's capacity building portfolio. 

Taking advantage of the presence of CEOs at the WCLS, there will be a meeting of the global CEO programme. In parallel, we will be holding our first UICC Vanguard Partners Advisory group meeting. For sponsors, there are additional engagement opportunities, including a workshop and 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



09:00 – 11:00

UICC Young Leaders' Workshop
By invitation only


Last update: 
Tuesday 1 October 2019