On Tuesday, 30 May, health leaders from across the world reaffirmed cancer control as a critical health and development priority as they adopted a new cancer resolution at the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva.
The 2017 cancer resolution aligns with both the Global Action Plan on NCDs and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which is key for making sure that cancer is part of the emerging dialogue on universal health coverage. The 2017 resolution provides cancer-specific guidance to Member States across the care continuum. Now, we are calling for action on the health systems response, specifically, population-based, holistic approaches to programmes and the expansion and scale up of diagnosis, treatment and care services so that no one is left behind. Read UICC's summary of the resolution here.
We need the support of our members, partners, networks and key stakeholders to bring the commitments outlined in the cancer resolution and the momentum behind these to shape national discussions and drive national action.
To make it as easy as possible for you to support and add your voice to this call for action, UICC has created a communications package that provides materials that can be used by you as they are, or which can be tailored to fit your own national agenda and your own organisational focus. We encourage you to disseminate these through your social media networks and across your communication channels, as well as sharing this package within your own networks and encourage more organisations to add their voice.
The communications package - available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese - includes:
For more information on the cancer resolution check out the webinar recording with Dr Julie Torode, Director of Special Projects.
We will soon be sharing further next steps for action following the cancer resolution. In the meantime, please contact UICC's advocacy team via firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the resolution and how you can support it.