Global Action

Over the last seven years, UICC has united the cancer community to position cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and care in the global health and development agenda. Now, with the inclusion of cancer and non-communicable diseases in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the adoption of the 2017 cancer resolution at the World Health Assembly, we are working with global actions to see these commitments implemented as part of the 'Treatment for All' campaign.

As we look forward to 2025, and as discussions around universal health coverage (UHC) grow and take shape, we are working to champion equitable access to treatment and care for cancer to help achieve the global goal of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs. This is essential given the growing burden of cancer globally, and its impacts on individuals, families, communities and countries. 

Cancer incidence

Read on below to find out more about the latest global advocacy activities to help reduce premature mortality from cancer. 

2018 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs

On the 27th September 2018 the UN General Assembly will hold a High-level meeting (HLM) on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These meetings use the UN’s highest decision-making forum to bring together Heads of Governments from across the world to address issues of global importance – for cancer and NCDs this is an important opportunity to push NCDs up the national agendas and build political commitments through an Outcome Document to drive action nationally. Interested in finding out more about why these meetings matter?

HLM at a glance

The UN HLM will:

  • Take place on 27th September 2018 at UN headquarters in New York
  • Focus on “Scaling up multistakeholder and multisectoral responses to the prevention and control of NCDs, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”
  • Produce a concise, action-orientated outcome document
  • Should be attended at the highest-possible level (i.e. Heads of Government or State)
  • Be open to participation by civil society, including an interactive civil society hearing on 5th July

Get involved

In the run up to the 2018 UN HLM the UICC team will be working closely with our members and the NCD Alliance to help mobilise a global movement to make the most of this opportunity. This will be centred on six overarching civil-society priorities (lire en Français ici, leer en Español aquí) that build on the success of the 2017 cancer resolution and the suite of other global NCD targets. We encourage Advocates to review these priorities and identify which you feel your can champion nationally to drive action. 

Throughout this process there will be a number of opportunities for UICC member and other cancer organisations to get involved, particularly through active advocacy with your national policy makers. For more information please contact the Advocacy team at

Key dates and resources

  • Global conference on NCDs (Montevideo, Uruguay in October 2017)
    The meeting focused on building policy-coherence to support strong national NCD responses and help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Check out the scope of the meeting hereincluding the Montevideo Roadmap 2018-2030 on NCDs as a Sustainable Development Priority
  • Report of the UN Secretary General on progress in the prevention and control of NCDs
    The Secretary General’s reportsets out the global progress made since the 2011 and 2014 meetings, key challenges and bottlenecks to further progress. It helps to frame discussions around the outcome document.
  • 2018 UN HLM Modalities Resolution
    This document sets out the scope and arrangements for the meetingincluding the themes for roundtable discussions and participation.
  • WHO Global Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Financing of NCD Prevention and Control (Copenhagen, Denmark in April 2018)
  • Interactive Civil Society Hearing (New York, USA on 5th July 2018)
    Provides a platform for active and meaningful engagement of civil societyand other relevant stakeholders by sharing practical experiences from their work and making recommendations to support the development of the UN HLM outcome document.
  • Outcome document negotiations – check back for further information on dates and opportunities to get involved.
Last update: 
Monday 13 August 2018