2019 WHO Regional Committee Meetings

Each year representatives from the different WHO regional offices meet to review progress and discuss priority public health issues. These meetings provide advocates with a great opportunity to meet with representatives from national Ministries of Health and share key messaging on cancer control issues.

Mapping the Regional Committee Meetings

The table below provides a summary of the meetings planned for 2019. Where possible, UICC has provided a link through to where key documents will be publishes, including the agenda and discussion papers and we will keep this updated as new documents are available. 

Regional Committee 



Agenda link

Deadline to join the UICC delegation


19-23 August

Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

AFRO website

5 August

Americas (PAHO)

30 September - 4 October

Washington D.C., USA

PAHO website (documents pending)

9 September

Eastern Mediterranean

14-17 October

Teheran, Islamic Republic of Iran

EMRO website

26 September


16-19 September

Copenhagen, Denmark

EURO website

2 September

South-East Asia

2-6 September

New Delhi, India

SEARO website (documents pending)

12 August

Western Pacific

7-11 October

Manila, Philippines 

WPRO website

16 September

Putting UICC members at the forefront

As an organisation in official relations with the WHO, UICC has the privilege of being invited to participate in these regional committee meetings (RCMs). As we see this as a great opportunity for our member organisations to engage with their regional and national WHO offices as well as Ministries of Health, this year we are looking for at least one organisation per region to represent the global community at these meetings.

We are looking for representatives who have:

  • An interest and expertise in the agenda items up for discussion
  • Experience advocating nationally or regionally
  • A clear plan for how they would like to use the RCM to support their advocacy

As a member of the UICC delegation, we expect members to co-develop and deliver UICC statement(s) on relevant agenda items and report back on your progress and experiences to the Advocacy Network to share any lessons learned.

If you are interested in joining the UICC delegation without a travel grant please contact the Knowledge, Advocacy and Policy team (advocacy@uicc.org) by the date in the table above. Alternatively, if your organisation is planning on attending on your own invitation please also let us know as we would like to connect all the cancer advocates attending.

Join the UICC delegation: apply for a travel grant

For UICC Members from low- and middle-income countries, UICC will be able to provide one travel grant per region of US$ 2,000.00. To apply, please complete the application form here by the dates indicated in the table above. The application will ask you to share:

  • Your organisation’s current advocacy priorities
  • Your aim for participating in the meeting
  • How you wish to use this experience to support your advocacy nationally/ regionally

The UICC Knowledge, Advocacy and Policy team will review the applications, prioritising those from UICC members who can clearly share how they wish to engage with the meeting and use the knowledge from it. You should receive a response within a week of the deadline. 

Last update: 
Monday 12 August 2019