UICC plans to have a strong presence at the WHA, representing members, both as observers in the Member State discussions and through a series of side events to draw attention to NCD and cancer-specific issues.

This year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), taking place from 20-28 May in Geneva, will be a major milestone in the global fight against cancer. Following the September 2011 UN High-Level Meeting on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the World Health Organization (WHO) has led a series of consultations with Member States, United Nations (UN) agencies, NGOs, and the private sector to fulfill commitments made in the UN Political Declaration on NCDs.

Now with this consultation period nearly complete, three main elements of the Global NCD Framework (Global Monitoring Framework, Global Action Plan and Global Coordinating Mechanism) are on track to be confirmed at the 66th World Health Assembly in May 2013.
We will keep you up to date on the process and opportunities for UICC members to take action. For more information and to let us know if you are planning to be in Geneva for the WHA, please write to


Most of our members are involved in cancer planning activities in their countries and UICC, under the umbrella of a new partnership, will be launching an online NCCP portal.

The first action of this global partnership is the creation of a web portal on cancer control planning. The NCCP web portal, hosted by UICC, will serve as a “one-stop shop” where cancer planners and other stakeholders can find resources, share their experience and lessons learnt at the country level, and identify innovative solutions. It will provide a library of the most relevant materials and tools, as well as a searchable database of national cancer plans.

The web portal will be launched for user-testing during the WHA in May and will be officially launched at our World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in November, in Cape Town. Contact us at should you like to be involved in this pilot phase or want to propose a specific tool on cancer control planning.


UICC members are rightly proud of the heritage the TNM classification of malignant tumours,  a “global standard” for cancer staging defined by world-renowned experts, under the auspices of UICC for more than 50 years.

On 6-7 May 2013, the volunteer Core TNM Committee will convene in Geneva to discuss and update the TNM staging system and prognostic factor classifications.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Anne Lee, from Hong Kong Anti-Cancer Society, has taken on the role of Coordinator of the Global Advisory Group and we encourage members to link up with their national or regional TNM Committee or to create one with a view to fully participating in the development of this important “common language” for cancer control. 

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UICC members are invited to visit and participate in the Series of Blogs ‘Making the Law Work better for People Affected by Cancer’

UICC members are invited to visit and participate in the McCabe Centre blogs to discuss key legal issues that impact on people affected by cancer, their carers or health professionals.  You can learn more about the blogs here.

The McCabe Centre and the Norwegian Cancer Society (NCS), held a successful workshop on ‘Using the law effectively for cancer control in Europe’, featuring sessions on tobacco, obesity and the legal rights of people with cancer.

The workshop, which was held in Oslo in March, underlined the extent to which cancer control organisations around the world are grappling with similar legal issues, and how much we all have to gain from the sharing of information and experiences. An enormous thanks to NCS for their fantastic work in bringing the workshop together, and to our partners from World Cancer Research Fund International, Smokefree Partnership, the European Cancer Leagues, and the Dutch Cancer Society for their invaluable contributions.

Work on access to opioid analgesics came to fruition at the recent annual session of the UN’s Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) published proposed revisions to its model laws on drug control and availability. The proposals are designed to ensure the model laws reflect a better balance between ensuring availability and preventing diversion and abuse of opioid analgesics.

We are delighted to welcome our second fellow, Mr Vuyile Dlamini, a legal adviser with the Ministry of Health in Swaziland, to the McCabe Centre. Mr Dlamini will be at the McCabe Centre for three months, working with us across a range of issues including tobacco and alcohol. For more information about the McCabe Centre, please contact