Convening the global cancer control community through our keystone events.

In parallel to targeted local and regional activities, one of our focus areas is to convene members, partners and leaders to encourage collaboration and new thinking.

Our Convening activities
World Cancer Day 4 February

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is the one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. It takes place every year on 4 February.


World Cancer Congress

A biennial event, the World Cancer Congress serves as a platform for discourse and advocacy as well as a learning and sharing opportunity for our members and partners around the world.  


 World Cancer Leaders' Summit

The World Cancer Leaders’ Summit is a major annual high-level policy meeting dedicated exclusively to furthering global cancer control.

Virtual Dialogues

Virtual Dialogues

The Virtual Dialogues provide members with enhanced opportunities to connect, exchange knowledge, access expert insights, and share solutions on their respective and common challenges.

Spotlight on: Virtual Dialogues
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UICC's Virtual Dialogues provide members with enhanced opportunities to connect, exchange knowledge, access expert insights, and share solutions on their respective and common challenges.

Starting with three different formats, the Dialogues are designed to facilitate spaces for members' interaction, immersion on key topics, and the exploration of broader trends.

Latest convening news
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.

Promotional banner for UICC's World Cancer Congress 2022 taking place in Geneva, Switzerland on 17-20 October.
10 January 2022

World Cancer Congress 2022: a milestone for the global cancer community

The World Cancer Congress is returning in 2022 in a live format for actors in cancer control around the world to connect and learn from each other. An opportunity not to be missed!

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.

The old Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, lit up in orange for World Cancer Day thanks to ICON Group
6 December 2021

Icon Group mobilises in support of World Cancer Day

In an interview with UICC, Icon’s Group Executive for Brand and Communication, Jenny Hansen, offers insight into how ICON leverages the UICC-led World Cancer Day campaign and provides tips for UICC members.

Older white woman and young black woman looking at each other smiling, showing strength, symbolising the new World Cancer Day campaign theme, "Close the care gap"
9 November 2021

World Cancer Day’s new three-year “Close the care gap” campaign kicks off!

Today, UICC is proud to present World Cancer Day’s new campaign on building fairer, more equitable access to cancer care for all.

UICC CEO Dr Cary Adams and WCLS 2021 moderator Hannah Vaughan Jones, Emmy-nominated journalist, on the broadcast platform for the 2021 virtual World Cancer Leaders' Summit
27 October 2021

Summary of UICC’s 2021 World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2021

UICC's first-ever World Cancer Leaders' Summit in virtual format took place over two days filled with inspiring presentations and expert discussions on equity and innovation in cancer care in the wake of a pandemic.

World Cancer Day 2021 Impact Report

Read the World Cancer Day 2021 Impact Report

What a year it was. The final year of the 'I Am and I Will' campaign brought together the global cancer community, inspired powerful conversations and saw thousands of activities that helped to raise awareness and connected communities.

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About World Cancer Day

"It was a wonderful experience for us (staff and students at CPUT) and we have learnt a lot about how to offer such activities in the future. We received very positive feedback and the activities were a success in many aspects...You will see that we used the World Cancer Day materials - sincere thanks for that.”

Penelope Engel-Hills

About the 2018 World Cancer Congress

“The 2018 World Cancer Congress enabled the cancer community to develop new collaborations, share practical case studies and learn from top experts in all aspects of cancer control. We were able to share knowledge and interact with colleagues from around the world, gaining new perspectives on what we, as a community, can do to reduce the cancer burden over time.”

Last update: 
Monday 18 October 2021