It has been a busy time for Advocacy. Read more on the latest developments regarding putting cancer and NCDs in the Post-2015 agenda and some recent news from the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer.

Latest Developments: Cancer and NCDs in the Post-2015 agenda

New Report reaffirms that cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a global development challenge that deserves international attention. Developed by the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons, this report is a key milestone in the road to 2015.  

UICC members are encouraged to read this report as well as the NCD Alliance’s response document, and policy brief Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Health in the Post-2015 Agenda – which was launched at the 66th World Health Assembly in May. 

With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire at the end of 2015, the UN has begun a process to examine the design, scope and potential themes for the post-2015 development framework. UICC is working closely with the NCD Alliance and its partners to ensure that NCD prevention and control interventions are included in the new post-2015 development framework.  Broadening the future global development goals through inclusion of evidence-based, resource appropriate interventions that span the entire cancer care continuum will strengthen health systems and increase their capacity to respond to all health challenges faced by individuals, families and communities.

WHAT’S NEXT?: UN General Assembly MDG Review Summit (September, 2013, New York). Look out for further details about this meeting and how UICC members can get involved here.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE? Read more about the interventions by the NCD Alliance on priorities for health in the SDG framework during the 4th Session of the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which was held in New York.

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

Ireland announces plain tobacco packaging during European Week Against Cancer.

UICC member the Irish Cancer Society hosted the 2013 Official Conference for the European Week Against Cancer on 29-30 May in Dublin.  The conference, held during the Irish Cancer Society's 50th anniversary focused on tobacco control, physical activity, reducing alcohol-related harm.
McCabe Center for Law and Cancer Director, Jonathan Liberman addressed the Conference and presented a keynote speech on “Taking on Big Tobacco: Lessons from the Australian Experience”. Plain packaging has happened in Australia because of a number of critical factors including: political leadership; whole-of-government engagement; a sound research base; strong legal capacity; civil society advocacy (particularly the leadership of cancer control organizations); 40+ years of tobacco control to build on; decades of tobacco industry denormalization; public support; and the legal and political weight of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
UICC looks forward to other countries implementing plain packaging (and large graphic health warnings) in the years ahead. UICC members are encouraged to contact McCabe Centre to share experience and learn more.