The World Cancer Leaders’ Summit is a major annual high-level policy meeting dedicated exclusively to furthering global cancer control. The event brings together key decision-makers from around the world and encourages timely debate on emerging issues related to cancer. It provides an important forum to secure a coordinated, multileveled global response to address the spiraling cancer epidemic.
The WCLS is traditionally held in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and is hosted by a UICC member from the region.
The event is by invitation only, and its attendance is mainly open to UICC Members and partners among the global health and cancer leadership community.
The World Cancer Leaders’ Summit brings together global decision-makers who can shape the way our generation addresses the task of eliminating cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations. It allows for timely debate on emerging issues related to cancer and provides a forum to spotlight a major health issue, which demands a coordinated, multileveled global response.
The Summit complements other signature events organised by UICC, which include World Cancer Day and the World Cancer Congress. The Summit plays a pivotal role in this portfolio of global events by ensuring that the 2020 targets detailed in the World Cancer Declaration are appropriately recognised and addressed at the highest political levels.
Key objectives of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit include:
Raising awareness among leading decision-makers to ensure cancer is a global health priority.
Providing a forum to exchange information and innovative ideas on how to reverse the cancer epidemic and ensure a sustainable response.
Defining compelling messages to support the global call to action against cancer.
The next Summit was due to take place in conjunction with the 2020 World Cancer Congress in Muscat, Oman. However, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 World Cancer Congress has been delayed to March 2021 and the 2020 World Cancer Leaders' Summit has been cancelled – the next Summit will be taking place in Boston in October 2021.
The last World Cancer Leaders’ Summit - Cancer and Universal Health Coverage took place from 15-17 October 2019 in Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan.