Promoting cancer in global health and development agendas.

In 2020, an estimated 19.3 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 levels. 

UICC is the only organisation of its type globally dedicated to uniting and working with the cancer community. It has the 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 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

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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.

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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




Our advocacy work is delivered with the kind support from the following partners:

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Latest advocacy news & blog articles
Kirsty Brown, diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 26, is now cancer-free and advocating for girls to be vaccinated against HPV. Image from the film Conquering Cancer, which is being made available for free in LMICs for World Cancer Day to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention.
21 January 2022

Conquering cervical cancer on World Cancer Day

To celebrate the 2022 World Cancer Day campaign theme of “close the care gap”, the film Conquering Cancer will be made available for free to organisations in low- and middle-income countries.

Doctor operating on a patient
19 January 2022

How cancer control planning can help close the gap in cancer care

Essential instruments for reducing a country’s cancer burden, national cancer control plans often do not include vulnerable populations and suffer from a lack of implementation. The ICCP-ECHO programme offers LMICs a way forward.

Princess Dina Mired, UICC President (2018-2020) with cancer advocates and Dr Tedros, DG of WHO, and H.E. Margaret Kenyatta, First Lady of Kenya, at Walk the Talk, Geneva, 2019. Photo by Thomas Omondi.
18 January 2022

The moonshot of eliminating cervical cancer is within reach

For the first time in history, an end is in sight – but vaccines for the HPV virus play a critical role. Opinion article by UICC's Immediate Past President, HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, in The Telegraph.

A man and woman of different backgrounds, smiling, with World Cancer Day logo, symbolising the 2022-2024 campaign theme to close the care gap
6 January 2022

One month to World Cancer Day 2022!

Organised every 4 February and led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), World Cancer Day is a global initiative that aims to inspire greater awareness of cancer and action in better preventing, detecting and treating the disease.

Older man kneeling near a shop, smoking a cigarette
16 December 2021

Tobacco industry interference in policy decisions undermines effective control

UICC looks at actions by the tobacco industry highlighted in the Global Tobacco Industry Interference Index to undermine efforts by governments to reduce smoking prevalence – and suggests how to counter tobacco industry interference. 

Young woman standing behind and embracing an older woman in a wheelchair, both wearing masks. Photo by Adán Jardón (c) UICC 2021
9 December 2021

Together we can close the care gap: human rights, UHC and cancer care

Improving cancer control and providing access to life-saving services for all populations are steps towards Universal Health Coverage and support the right to health for all.
By Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC.

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.

Global Cancer Commitments Navigator

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

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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: 
Tuesday 14 December 2021