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.

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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
Father and daughter laughing in the sun
28 January 2020

20 years of progress: Marking the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day

On the 4 February back in 2000, World Cancer Day was written into the Charter of Paris Against Cancer. The milestone document was signed in the French capital by the country’s President at the time, Jacques Chirac and the then UNESCO General Director, Kōichirō Matsuura. 

Participants at the 2018 WCC during the awards
16 January 2020

2020 World Cancer Congress preliminary programme released

The preliminary programme of the 2020 World Cancer Congress in Oman is now available online. It is built around nine themes covering the full cancer control spectrum.

An abstract presenter responding to a question from the audience at the 2018 World Cancer Congress
15 January 2020

2020 World Cancer Congress call for abstracts now open

Here is another chance to be part of the 2020 programme. You have until 31st March to submit an impacful advocacy report, a dynamic fundraising campaign or an innovative scientific study. We want to hear from you. By submitting you also have a chance to win an award. 

1 December 2019

Patient Group Pavilion – the call for submissions is now open!

The call for submissions to present a case study at the Patient Group Pavilionduring the 2020 World Cancer Congress is now open. 

World Cancer Day supporters celebrate
25 November 2019

Members invited to World Cancer Day webinar exclusive

UICC hosts live webinars in readiness for 20th anniversary milestone

Man with a moustache for Movember supporting men's health
21 November 2019

The Movember Movement - Changing the face of men's health

The Movember campaign has inspired over five million men to grow moustaches each November since 2003. In that time, those men have raised funds for hundreds of programmes to tackle the issue of prostate cancer.