The World Cancer Declaration is a tool to help bring the growing cancer crisis to the attention of government leaders and health policy-makers in order to significantly reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.
Updated in 2013 to align with new government commitments to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in all countries, the Declaration represents a consensus between public health experts and cancer advocates, and outlines 10 key targets to be achieved by 2025.
Political momentum behind the 2025 targets
In 2011 heads of state and government adopted the United Nations Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs), a landmark document which acknowledges that the global burden and threat of NCDs, including cancer, constitutes one of the greatest challenges for development in the 21st century. Following up on core commitments in the Political Declaration, governments have since adopted a Global Monitoring Framework for NCDs (GMF), a Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020 (GAP), and by the end of 2013 will have established a Global Coordination Mechanism and UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs – creating three pillars of a new global NCD architecture – action, accountability and coordination.
The GMF and GAP include cancer-specific targets, indicators and actions that span the full continuum of care for cancer, and are closely aligned with achievement of the World Cancer Declaration targets. The GMF includes a set of 9 global voluntary targets to be achieved by 2025 including: