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
Woman from Latin America on the left, smiling; man wrapped in scarf symbolising the LGBTQ+ movement on the right, smiling; and "close the care gap" logo of the 2022 World Cancer Day campaign
10 May 2022

On 4 February, we took action to close the gap in cancer care

Together, UICC, its members and partners and the entire cancer community made the new World Cancer Day “Close the care gap” campaign a resounding success.

Peace dove in the blue and yellow colours of the Ukrainian flag
25 April 2022

UICC Solidarity Fund for Ukraine opens call for grants to qualifying organisations

Donations received for the UICC Solidarity Fund are being governed by an Advisory Board of experts and are now being made available to organisations in Ukraine and the region affected by the war.

Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images: A patient rests in the bomb shelter of the Oncology ward at Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital on February 28, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
4 March 2022

UICC and its members set up a Solidarity Fund to aid Ukrainian cancer patients

UICC will distribute the funds according to the needs of organisations most affected by the conflict in Ukraine as these evolve over the coming weeks.

Branded image of UICC's World Cancer Congress, featuring the iconic Jet d'Eau in Geneva, where UICC is headquartered and where WCC2022 will take place
15 February 2022

World Cancer Congress programme and call for abstracts

Discover the preliminary programme for the 2022 World Cancer Congress and submit an abstract that will be available to all participants.

World Cancer Day flag flying on the Mont Blanc Bridge 31 January – 6 February in Geneva, Switzerland, where UICC is headquarted
8 February 2022

Towards closing the care gap on World Cancer Day

This past 4 February once again brought together the global cancer community, with thousands around the world mobilising in favour of greater equity and fairer access to cancer services.

World Cancer Day -branded image of the girl with outstretched hands giving the victory sign
1 February 2022

Join the global health community on 4th February to close the gap in cancer care

Join UICC’s live broadcast on #worldcancerday, amplifying the voice of the cancer community, generating enthusiasm and raising awareness about the need to #CloseTheCareGap!

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