icon_advocacy-orange_0.png
Advocacy
Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.
Long_Term_Vision_2035_headlines@2x.png

In 2018, an estimated 18.1 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. 

UICC is the only organisation of its type globally, dedicated to uniting and working with the cancer community. It has a unique capability to unite voices from around the world. UICC’s pledge to its members is to ensure that they have the opportunity and the channels to have their voices heard on the global stage and that the latest updates in the global health space will be curated and shared with them. 

Cancer control advocacy

Cancer control advocacy is the strategic process of influencing governments, decision makers and other key stakeholders to develop the commitments, plans and policies, and allocate the resources needed to drive change.

UICC works across the policy cycle to help bring together the evidence base for effective cancer control, develop tools to support national advocacy and share examples of successful policy change.

Knowledge, Advocacy and Policy cycle

Knowledge, Advocacy and Policy cycle.png

Click image to view larger

Knowledge – bringing together the evidence-base for effective cancer control.

Advocacy – influencing decision makers and other stakeholders to change policies to improve cancer outcomes.

Policy – Developing and implementing policies and programmes to improve cancer and health outcomes.

Timeline icon

Our impact

The past decade has seen the creation of a global framework to drive improvements in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for cancer patients and people living with other NCDs. UICC is proud to have been an active partner in this process. The interactive timeline provides a quick snapshot of the major ‘wins’ that global advocacy has been able to deliver, and you can explore these further using the global cancer commitments navigator.

Advocacy priorities

Looking ahead to 2030 and beyond, UICC has reflected on where it can leverage its expertise and platforms to better support members and the global health community in driving change. From this process, five areas have been identified where UICC can help build momentum for change.

Click on any of the advocacy priorities below (and the sub-topics related) to view more information.  

Improve comprehensive cancer planning
Make the case for investing in cancer control
Maintain the momentum behind cancer prevention
Increase access to diagnosis, treatment and care
Build partnerships to support global cancer control

 

 

Latest advocacy news & blog articles
The Global Strategy to eliminate cervical cancer holds the promise that future generations of women will not have to die from cervical cancer
26 October 2020

WHO officially launches the global strategy to eliminate cervical cancer

The Global Strategy to Accelerate the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, adopted by UN Member States last August, will be officially launched by WHO at an event on 17th November with UICC participation.

The Foundation for a Smoke-Free World is funded by the tobacco industry and employs their marketing tactics to deceive the general public, health experts and policymakers
20 October 2020

UICC issues warning about the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

As the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World increases its outreach to UICC members, it is important to emphasise that this organisation is funded by the tobacco industry and employs similar marketing tactics.

Pfizer is the founding partner of UICC's new Breast Cancer programme, which will provide new and much needed resources.
19 October 2020

A call for greater equity to reverse the rising trend of breast cancer mortality

The burden of breast cancer is known by far too many. And, sadly, it’s on the rise in many parts of the world. As a physician and patient advocate, as well as a cancer patient herself, Dara Richardson-Heron has been on the front lines, trying to prevent it, control it and contain it.

Implementing the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will not only help countries combat tobacco use, it also will help them advance sustainable development
15 October 2020

Fighting the tobacco epidemic

Dr Adriana Blanco Marquizo took office as the Head of the Convention Secretariat in March 2020 for a four-year term. Here she explains how she envisions the next WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control strategy to fight the tobacco epidemic globally.

Access to medicines
9 October 2020

The unacceptable equity gap in the availability of essential medicines for palliative care

A large majority of the world population cannot access medication essential to palliative care due to multifaceted and systemic barriers. This is a question of human dignity and a problem that has only intensified during the pandemic.

UICC launches new Breast Cancer programme for Breast Cancer Awareness Month to help fight rising incidence and mortality
29 September 2020

UICC launches its new Breast Cancer Programme

Leveraging established programmes and convening platforms, UICC’s Breast Cancer Programme aims to strengthen the community to reverse the rising incidence and mortality of breast cancer worldwide.

Key advocacy initiatives

World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016

WCDec_Report_2016_front_cover.jpg

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.

Global Cancer Commitments Navigator

Navigator image.png

The navigator highlights the links between international, time-bound commitments to build compelling arguments for national action on cancer.

Explore our work
Advocacy impact
Cancer planning
Investing in cancer control
Working together
Advocacy resources
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
Last update: 
Wednesday 2 September 2020
Share