Latest developments for cancer, NCDs and the post-2015 agenda. Also read about the participation of our members in the e-consultation on the World Cancer Declaration Refresh.

Special event towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals

On 25 September 2013, UN Member States attended a Special Event towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The event focused on the progress and gaps toward achieving the current MDGs and on developing a post-2015 development framework. Members States adopted an outcome document, outlining next steps to reach agreement on a post-2015 framework. 

Cancer is not just a health matter. It has wide-reaching social, economic and human rights implications, and is a significant barrier to achieving inclusive and equitable development. As the dialogue surrounding the post-2015 development framework further intensifies, the cancer community must therefore continue to press for cancer to be understood as a development priority and adequately reflected in all dimensions of the post-2015 framework. UICC members are encouraged to visit our website, to download resources on mainstreaming cancer and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the post-2015 development agenda.

UICC thanks its members for participating in the e-consultation on the World Cancer Declaration (WCD) Refresh

UICC thanks its members for engaging in the e-consultation on the World Cancer Declaration (WCD) Refresh. We received 57 comments, collected through the two phases of the e-consultation process. These comprehensive and extremely useful comments enabled us to refresh the language of the Declaration and broaden its scope.

The refreshed version of the World Cancer Declaration will be presented to government officials and high-level policy makers during the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit that will be held in South Africa, on 18-19 November, 2013.

UICC recognises the collaboration of:

American Cancer Society 
Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN)
Cancer Council Australia
Cancer Council Victoria
Cancer Council Queensland
Cancer Research UK
Dutch Cancer Society
Eminence and Non Communicable Diseases Forum (NCD-F) 
Equal Right to Life
Fondation Calissa Ikama - ALIAM
GAVI Alliance
Generation sans Tabac
International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)
Kenya Cancer Association
King Hussein Cancer Center
King Hussein Cancer Foundation 
LIVESTRONG Foundation 
Mathiwos Wondu YeEthiopia Cancer Society 
National Cancer Control Foundation (Yemen)
National Cancer Institute, Sri Lanka 
Norwegian Cancer Society 
Papua New Guinea Cancer Centre 
Princess Margaret Hospital
Reach to Recovery International
Sheikh Mohammed Hussien Al-Amoudi Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer
Sociedad Latinoamericana y del Caribe de Oncología Médica (SLACOM)
Turkish Association for Cancer Research & Control
Women in Action
World Cancer Research Fund International

Background: In light of the recent developments in the fight against NCDs and with the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, UICC saw the growing need to more closely align the Declaration’s targets and priority actions with the recently adopted global Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) framework, and the ongoing discussions relating to the Post-2015 development agenda.

Update on progress towards a palliative care resolution in 2014

A new report and draft resolution on palliative care are set to be discussed at the next WHO Executive Board Meeting in January 2014. If Board members reach consensus on the text of the resolution, it will be adopted and referred to the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2014. UICC’s advocacy team will be closely following developments, and will be reaching out to members in the lead up to the WHA to ensure that there is significant support for the resolution from all major world regions. A WHA resolution on palliative care will provide a solid framework for the cancer community to advocate for increased access to palliative care services, including pain relief at the national level.

Efforts to build support for a palliative care agenda item first started at the WHA in 2011. Since then the palliative care advocacy network which includes UICC, Human Rights Watch, and the World Palliative Care Association, has organised a series of side events at the WHA highlighting successful palliative care models in low- and middle-income countries, with support from the country missions of Kenya, Uganda, Panama, the United States, and Australia.