Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.

In 2012, an estimated 14.1 million people were newly diagnosed with cancer. It is expected that by 2030, this number will rise to 21.6 million. This alarming trend can be reversed with strong action at global and national level. 

Investing in cancer control, from prevention to treatment and care, can bring about important changes in disease burden by reducing cancer-related illness and death. It is estimated that increased annual international funding of USD 18 billion globally on prevention, earlier detection and improved care for cancer patients could save three million lives per year by 2030 - and many more in the decades beyond.  

What is cancer control advocacy?

Advocacy for cancer control is a strategic process that is designed to influence governments, decision makers and other key stakeholders through the effective use of evidence, to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

Advocacy at UICC

UICC unites the cancer community through our members and partners to reduce the global cancer burden and drive forward the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) agenda - building upon key international agreements, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Action Plan on NCDs 2013-2020, the World Cancer Declaration and the 2017 Cancer Resolution -  to ensure that these global goals and targets are translated into national action.

In addition to all countries developing and implementing an appropriately resourced and time-bound national cancer plan, we wish to see measurable improvements in the way that cancers are detected, treated and cured around the world. 

With global cancer burden trends on the rise, advocacy at UICC is shifting its immediate attention to Treatment for All, a campaign emphasising improved data, early detection, treatment and care to meet our global commitment of a 25% reduction in cancer and NCD mortality by 2025.

The importance of the advocacy work

"We are proud to call ourselves one of the first partners of UICC. UICC called on our expertise in the area of cancer prevention for the global advocacy campaign. Together, UICC and its members have successfully placed cancer on the global stage, putting the cancer community in position for even greater success in the years to come.”

Dr Kate Allen, Director, Science and Communications

"Accurate and timely diagnosis is the first enemy of cancer, as it clips its potential from the outset and halts it from invading and conquering the whole body. Unfortunately, many cancer patients, especially in the developing world, do not have this safety net, and are completely exposed to cancer’s advances without any checks. We need a robust cancer resolution that encourages fast improvements in early detection and diagnosis through a clear and urgent health system response."

HRH Princess Dina Mired
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the cancer resolution

Let us call for national action from global commitments made through the 2017 . Add your voice: www.uicc.org/CancerResolution

Key advocacy initiatives

World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016

The 1000-strong UICC membership have worked collectively to create the World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, providing a unique civil society perspective on national successes and major challenges that remain to realise the Declaration targets, with perspectives from 113 countries.


Advocacy Toolkit

The 2nd edition of the UICC Advocacy Toolkit ‘Galvanizing Efforts To Achieve The World Cancer Declaration Targets’.

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UICC 2017 Annual Report
6 June 2018

2017 Annual Report now available

It is a pleasure to share with you the 2017 Annual Report for the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). We hope you enjoy reading about the achievements of UICC over what has been a busy and exciting year.

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4 June 2018

Reporting back: 71st World Health Assembly

Delegations from across the world met for the 71st World Health Assembly from Monday 21st to Saturday 26th May to set the direction for the World Health Organization and discuss key issues including preparations for the 3rd High-level Meeting on NCDs.

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30 May 2018

New report: health and economic returns on investing in cancer and NCDs

Exciting new report Saving lives, spending less on the investment case for NCDs was launched by WHO on the sidelines of the 71st World Health Assembly.

29 May 2018

UICC prominent at the ‘Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge’

Geneva, Switzerland – This year’s World Health Assembly (WHA) was also very supportive of efforts to prevent and control non-communicable diseases.

Dr Tedros, Sanchia Aranda and Princess Dina Mired at the Walk the Talk event in Geneva
23 May 2018

A call to action to eliminate cervical cancer globally

19 May 2018 | Geneva, Switzerland – UICC was proud to join United Nations (UN) agencies in organising a milestone meeting at World Health Assembly (WHA), where WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, made a call to action for the elimination of cervical cancer globally.

22 May 2018

Treatment for All focal points join the UICC delegation at the World Health Assembly in Geneva

Treatment for All focal points representing civil society organisations from Indonesia, Mexico and Uganda join UICC staff in Geneva, Switzerland for shared learning and shared representation at the World Health Assembly (WHA) as part of joint preliminary efforts to translate global commitments into national action.