World Cancer Day 2013 was an opportunity to give an advocacy push before important international milestones. All member activities to mark the Day highlighted the importance of cancer being at the top of the global health agenda.

World Cancer Day 2013 was also particularly important as it fell 18 months after the first UN High-level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases.

The outcome of this meeting was the signing of the Political Declaration which supports prevention and control of these devastating diseases, including cancer.


Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including cancer were at the top of the agenda during the WHO Executive Board: The WHO EB was invited to discuss the Global Monitoring Framework (GMF) for NCDs. The EB fully endorsed the GMF, including targets and indicators for NCDs, and put it forward for adoption by all Member States at the 66th World Health Assembly in May 2013.

Global Action Plan 2013-2020 for NCDs (GAP): The draft Global Action Plan for NCDs 2013-2020 was also on the agenda during the WHO EB. Member States:

  • Reiterated the need for the GAP to be multisectoral, engaging ministries beyond the health sector, the whole of the UN system, civil society, and the private sector;
  • Highlighted the need for the draft to reflect how global actions will translate at regional and national levels.

Having NCDs, including cancer, discussed at the highest level will provide cancer more international visibility and will increase global awareness of the disease.

UICC will be working on sharpening the key cancer messages on the draft Action Plan. Visit our advocacy webpages for further information and to provide your input: or write to:

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

An exciting 2013! We look forward to working with our members this year

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What’s next?

  • ‘Using the law effectively for cancer control in Europe’ workshop (Oslo, 6-7 March), co-hosted by the Norwegian Cancer Society, our collaborating centre for Europe. We will have sessions on tobacco, obesity and patients’ rights.
  • Annual meeting of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, at which access to opioid analgesics will again be on the agenda. UICC will be co-hosting a side event with governmental, intergovernmental and NGO partners.
  • European Week Against Cancer at the end of May.