Host a World Cancer Leaders' Summit


UICC Full Members are invited to formally express an interest to bid to host the World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS), one of UICC's flagship events.

As of 2021, the Summit is held every two years. Hosting this event, which attracts over 350 high profile leaders in cancer control and public health, is a unique opportunity for a member organisation and the country where it is located to raise their profile globally in the fight against cancer, and leave a long-lasting impact regionally. 

The calibre of the event has grown significantly over the past few years, with increased visibility and relevance for the global leaders in public health. In 2018, the Summit was awarded the "Incredible Impact Grant" by ICCA and the BestCities Global Alliance, for the impact the 2017 Summit generated in its host country, Mexico.

Over the years, Summit host organisations and countries have widely benefitted from welcoming the leaders of the global cancer community in their respective countries. This has strengthened their efforts to make cancer a priority in their national and regional health agendas, and opened up unparalleled networking and partnership opportunities.

Each edition has a specific theme aligned with the current global health agenda which ensures that the 2020 targets detailed in the World Cancer Declaration are appropriately recognised and addressed at the highest political levels.

Past events took place in the following locations (in reverse chronological order):

  • Boston, and around the world virtually, hosted by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • 2019 in Nur-Sultan, hosted by the Kazakh Institute of Oncology and Radiology (KazIOR)
  • 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, hosted by the National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) 
  • 2017 in Mexico City, hosted by the National Cancer Institute of Mexico (INCan) 
  • 2016 in Paris, hosted by the French League Against Cancer & ALIAM 
  • 2015 in Istanbul, hosted by the Turkish Association for Cancer Research and Control (TACRC)
  • 2014 in Melbourne, hosted by Cancer Council Australia
  • 2013 in Cape Town, hosted by Cancer Association of South Africa
  • 2012 in Montréal, co-hosted by the Quebec Cancer Foundation, McGill University and Université de Montréal
  • 2011 in Dublin, hosted by the Irish Cancer Society
  • 2010 in Shenzhen, hosted by the China Anti-Cancer Association
  • 2008 in Geneva, co-hosted by European School of Oncology Foundation, OncoSuisse and Ligue Suisse contre le Cancer

Bidding process

The call for bids to host the World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2025 is open until 31 July 2023.

Organisations that send an expression of interest will then receive the complete bidding manual. The bidding manual outlines the main requirements for organisations to submit a bid to host the World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2025. It includes general information about the event and its organisers (UICC - the Union for International Cancer Control), as well as financial, logistical and operational requirements to host the event.It also outlines the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved, detailed information on the bid process and selection criteria.

Please note that bids must be submitted by one or several UICC full members, in collaboration and with the support of the national/city convention bureau. The list of UICC full members can be found here.

Expressions of interest to host the World Cancer Leaders' Summit must be sent to Céline Francina, UICC Head of Congress and Events, at

Last update: 
Wednesday 18 January 2023