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.
Read on below to find out more about the latest global advocacy activities to help reduce premature mortality from cancer.
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?
The UN HLM will:
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 email@example.com.