Advocacy

Upcoming meetings on NCDs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at the UN General Assembly; Help us update the status of the national cancer control plan and cancer registry in your country; and latest actions to strength our advocacy network. Read more on how to be involved.

Cancer and NCDs in the Post-2015 Development Agenda 

September is set to be a very busy month for the global health and development community, with several important meetings taking place at the UN General Assembly in New York including: a High Level meeting of the UN General Assembly on disability and development on 23rd September, and a special event on 25th September to review progress and learning from the MDGs, and advance thinking on the post-2015 agenda, 

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire at the end of 2015, the UN is taking stock of progress and has begun a consultation process to examine the design, scope and potential  themes for the post-2015 development framework.  This September’s UN General Assembly Meeting in New York will be a critical milestone in this process, and an important opportunity for UICC, the NCD Alliance and its partners to reinforce the importance of health and Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the post-2015 framework.

Are you going to attend these meetings?

Please let us know if you are planning to be in New York for the General Assembly so that we can provide details of related events that UICC and NCD Alliance partners will be organizing and participating in.


Help us update the status of the National Cancer Control Plan and Cancer Registry in your country

Does the Global Status Table reflect the current situation in your country?

Please let us know the status of the national cancer control plan and the population-based cancer registry in your country at nccp@uicc.org

As part of the “International Cancer Control Planning Partnership” (ICCPP) UICC is updating its Global Status Table on the existence of national cancer control plans (NCCP) and population-based cancer registries (PBCR) worldwide. This update will gather the most accurate information that will help us populate the NCCP and PBCR maps on the Web portal to be launched in November 2013 during the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit.

The ICCPP is a collaborative partnership of organisations whose members were already individually working to support country cancer control planning efforts. From 2012, these organisations decided to work together on identified priorities to maximize their collective resources and avoid duplication of effort. One of the first steps of this partnership is the creation of a “one-stop shop” web portal that will be launched at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit 2013 with its two initial main features: the maps of NCCPs and Registries and a library of materials and tools for cancer planning.


Strengthening UICC’s advocacy network: An interview with Wudinesh Belete

Wudinesh Belete, Anti-Tobacco Campaign Coordinator at the Mathiwos Wondu YeEthiopia Society (MWES) spent two months with the UICC Advocacy Team in Geneva, with support from the Genevawise Foundation.

Could you tell us about your experience in Geneva?

I worked closely with the advocacy team to develop success stories highlighting cancer prevention and treatment activities led by MWES, and to expose some of the common myths and misconceptions related to cancer in Ethiopia.  In addition to attending high-level meetings including the UN Economic and Social Council, I also had the opportunity to network with key groups including NCD Child, and the NCD Alliance and its partners.  It was also helpful to interact with other UICC teams, including communications, and work together on MWES’s social media strategy for example. 

How will you use this experience when you return to MWES?

MWES has two key focus areas – increasing awareness of cancer as a major public health issue among the general public and policy makers, and providing care and support for paediatric cancer patients. Understanding the global advocacy landscape for cancer control, particularly with relation to non-communicable diseases and the post-2015 agenda will help us to strengthen both our national advocacy efforts, and our contribution to UICC’s global work.  I look forward to continue working with UICC, and would like to thank them on behalf of MWES for welcoming me to their team. 

Would you like to work with the UICC advocacy team?

Contact advocacy@uicc.org for more information.