In 2009, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the World Heart Federation and the International Diabetes Federation came together in recognition of the need to amplify the voice of the non-communicable disease (NCD) community at global level, and in an effort to better coordinate and lead a powerful global movement that bridged diseases and risk factors. These organisations were soon joined by the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).
UICC’s leadership and progressive vision and action to partner with organisations beyond the core cancer community has proven to be invaluable and transformational. Thanks to these firm foundations, the global movement for NCDs has gone from strength to strength. Each of the founding members of the NCD Alliance provides unique and valuable support to the cause.
In the case of collaboration with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), the following areas stand out:
These are but a few examples of the value of collaboration which we replicate in various forms with other NCDA federations, with the shared objective of driving progress toward common goals. NCD Alliance and UICC, and our respective member organisations, regularly make joint statements at United Nations and World Health Organization meetings, input into consultation responses, facilitate knowledge exchange through multilateral side events, amplify and strengthen each other’s advocacy messages and campaigns including World Cancer Day and the Cancer Resolution recently adopted by the World Health Assembly, develop joint knowledge resources between UICC member organisations such as World Cancer Research International, and hosted news, blogs and social media messages. UICC’s approach to mainstream NCDs in the past two World Cancer Congresses has been beneficial in leading collaboration between the cancer and wider NCD community, including through initiatives such as the NCD Café, dedicated NCD streams, and unifying messaging.
The wealth of expertise across diseases and risk factors has already been of great benefit to the NCD response as a whole. The NCD Alliance was created with the purpose of convening representatives from across sectors so that good practice and expertise can be shared and utilised. The exchange of knowledge and expertise between UICC and NCD Alliance has already proven to be instrumental in the broader NCD response, and is an example of what can be accomplished when organisations that are focused on a specific issue are engaged in the global NCD agenda.
On 9-11 December we will be holding the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah, UAE, together with local hosts and UICC members, Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP). We're calling delegates to share their commitment to fight NCDs by signing up to the Thunderclap campaign. If you're not attending the Forum, join the online conversation by following #NCDAF2017.