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What is the World Cancer Leaders' Summit?

The World Cancer Leaders’ Summit (WCLS) is the most important annual high-level event dedicated exclusively to global cancer control. The Summit brings together over 350 cancer leaders and policy makers from across the world to debate emerging issues related to the disease. It provides a vital forum to secure a global response across sectors.

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.

2019 World Cancer Leaders' Summit: 'Cancer and Universal Health Coverage'

Cancer claimed 9.6 million lives around the world in 2018. The disease continues to be a compelling example of inequity in health care not just between high-income and low- or middle-income countries but also within countries and regions. 

Reducing the number of premature deaths caused by cancer requires addressing inequities in access to cancer services. Under the theme “Cancer and Universal Health Coverage”, participants of the 2019WCLS, hosted this year by the Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology (KazIOR), will discuss the need for sustainable, ‘people centred’ health systems, effective prevention and early detection programmes and innovative ways to ensure that people everywhere have access to affordable cancer treatment and care.

For more information about the press and media opportunities around the Summit and interviews requests, please, contact Patricia Galve, Communications and Marketing Manager, at 

World Cancer Leaders' Summit
Where & when


Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan

15 - 17 October

(16 October - main Summit day - open to press)

Press registrations

Registration for the 2019WCLS is free for members of the media – Registration is now open



Press kit

Find the 2019WCLS Media backgrounder, speakers' biographies & other downloadable resources




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Last update: 
Tuesday 17 September 2019