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.

World Cancer Day 2020 Facebook Live

Watch the World Cancer Day 2020 Facebook Live launch event

Get up to speed with all the news for the 2020 World Cancer Day Campaign and get some tips from two of our member organisations on how to best prepare your involvement in the day.

Our upcoming events
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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.”

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Tuesday 17 September 2019
Latest convening news
People putting their hands together over a desk with computers
8 November 2019

2020 World Cancer Congress call for sessions hits record high

The call for sessions closed on 31 October 2019, breaking the last record, with 323 session proposals received from 60 different countries.

People smiling in African village
5 November 2019

Cancer control in Africa: paving the way to Universal Health Coverage

Where you live still determines your chances of surviving cancer. There are striking differences in the mortality rates and in the prevalence of certain cancer types across the world.

Wednesday 16 October 2019 – Main Summit Day H.E. Berdibek Saparbaev, Deputy Prime Minister, Kazakhstan
17 October 2019

Governments need to fulfil their commitments to Universal Health Coverage

The 2019 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit hosted by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) ended with a strong call to action in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. 

Participants take pictures at the 2018 World Cancer Congress
16 October 2019

2020 World Cancer Congress registration is now open

The 2020 World Cancer Congress (WCC) is your opportunity to engage and get inspired, boost your career and be exposed to the latest developments in cancer control while connecting with health experts from all over the world.  

Alvaro Vázquez, son of H.E. Dr Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay receives the 'Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control Award' on behalf of his father
16 October 2019

President of Uruguay recognised with global award for his work on tobacco cessation

On 15 October 2019, UICC conferred its inaugural 'Outstanding Contribution to Cancer Control' award to H.E. Dr Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay, during a gala ceremony opening the 2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Nur-sultan, Kazakhstan.

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
10 October 2019

2019 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit – leaving no one behind

The 2019 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit – a high level policy meeting of global cancer leaders – will focus on how cancer detection, treatment and care can contribute to achieving Universal Health Coverage.