New opportunity for UICC members and partners to work with cities to improve cancer care

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7 December 2017

At the close of the 2017 World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Mexico City, UICC launched a call to action, inviting cities with populations greater than one million to join a new multisectoral initiative - C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge - designed to support cities to take the lead in the design, planning and implementation of cancer treatment solutions. 

C/Can 2025 aims to increase the number of people with access to quality cancer treatment in cities around the world through a network of motivated partners including city leaders, governments, UN agencies, domestic and international businesses and civil society groups.

How can UICC members and partners get involved?

  • Identify a city in your country that meets the basic eligibility criteria and could benefit from C/Can 2025 support.
  • Reach out to an eligible city (via the Secretary of Health or equivalent) and provide them with more information about C/Can 2025.
  • Work with a city to complete the Expression of Interest form before the 4 February 2018 deadline (World Cancer Day 2018).

What happens next?

  • Expressions of Interest will be reviewed by a special taskforce of the UICC Board of Directors, and shortlisted cities will be invited to submit a more detailed application for consideration.  A first set of successful “Challenge Cities” will be announced in May 2018.
  • In successful cities, UICC members and partners will play a key role in helping to shape and drive the C/Can 2025 process.
  • Unsuccessful city applicants will receive feedback, and will, together with the UICC member/partner, remain connected to the initiative through regular updates on new resources, capacity building opportunities, events, and other opportunities to engage with C/Can 2025. 

Launched in January 2017, C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge is already working with a small group of “Key Learning Cities”, including Asunción, Cali, Kumasi and Yangon. Beginning in 2018, the ambition is to scale-up support to a wide network of cities, called “Challenge Cities”, in every region. Read more about the activities that are already underway in the C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge November 2017 Progress Report

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Last update: 
Friday 7 June 2019
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