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.
Investing in cancer control, from prevention to treatment and care, can deliver urgently needed reductions in 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.
At the global level, UICC works with the cancer community to call for actions to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. UICC advocates for the development and adoption of international commitments and targets, and provides the tools and guidance to support members in shaping their own national advocacy efforts.
UICC's central advocacy goal is for governments around the world to implement the 2017 cancer resolution adopted at the World Health Assembly (WHA 70.12) and meet the global targets contained in the Global Action Plan on NCDs, the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Cancer Declaration.
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.
The timeline below 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.