Recognition and awards


UICC has received or been shortlisted for a number of awards recognising its efforts in improving its various services to its members, partners and the general cancer community.


Finalist at the Association Excellence Awards 2021 for Best membership support during COVID-19 (800 – 5,000 members)

Union for International Cancer Control – Virtualisation of the business with strengthened membership focus

In 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic challenged the work and in some case the existence of cancer organisations around the world, UICC completely re-engineered its business model, virtualising its services for members and developing new platforms to bring the community together, and sharing best practice on how the cancer community should respond to the pandemic. The response from the UICC membership has been outstanding, and the new platforms available will be further explored to unite and support the cancer community, and to ensure cancer stays as a global and national priority as the pandemic eases country by country.


Finalist at the Victorian Premier's Design Awards 2020 in the Communication and Design Category for the World Cancer Day 2019-2020 Brand and Campaign

The category focuses on the design, development, preparation and organisation of images and information for publication with particular emphasis on clarity of the message being conveyed and the matching of information styles to audience requirements.

Motherbird worked with the Union for International Cancer Control to create a reinvigorated brand and 3-year campaign to raise awareness, improve education and catalyse personal, collective and government action across the world. A powerful reminder that everyone has a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.


UICC was shortlisted for the "Campaign of the Year" award at the International & European Association Awards 2019

UICC was among the three organisations shortlisted for the "Campaign of the Year" category, for its work on the World Cancer Day, 'I Am and I Will' campaign.

The 2019 – 2021 World Cancer Day campaign was created to position World Cancer Day as an influential, inclusive and positive movement that UICC member organisations and partners around the world could adopt to engage and mobilise the public around cancer.

The World Cancer Day theme for 2019 to 2021, ‘I Am and I Will’, underscored the message that individual actions are important to reducing the growing impact of cancer. It was an open invitation to all supporters to make a personal commitment and served as a powerful reminder that everyone has a role to play and a responsibility to act.

The theme sought to inspire and empower every individual to contribute, at the personal level, to the global progress in the fight against cancer.



The UICC Team at the 2017
World Cancer Leaders' Summit

Winner of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Incredible Impact Award for impact following the 2017 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit event in Mexico City

The Incredible Impact Programme is run collaboratively by ICCA and Best Cities Global Alliance. UICC was one of three selected winners, recognised for the legacy, sustainability and accessibility of its 2017 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit event themed ‘Cities Driving Change’.

The ‘Incredible Impact’ of the 2017 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit

Following the 2017 cancer resolution, Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach’, Summit discussions were focused on how countries and cities around the world can accelerate impact on cancer control and, in doing so, make important progress towards achieving the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025. In the Summit’s call to action, participants were encouraged to:

  • Reinvigorate national action through the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
  • Work with city and national governments to develop sustainable solutions to improve access to cancer services that are aligned with established, budgeted and operational national cancer control plans (NCCPs)
  • Prompt cities with a population of greater than 1 million to apply as a Challenge City of the City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) 2025 initiative.
Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, receiving the 7,500 USD cheque in Dubai at the ICCA awards ceremony

Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, receiving the USD 7,500 cheque in Dubai at the ICCA awards ceremony

“Thanks to the support of the UICC, since the Summit in Mexico last November, a network of Population Based Cancer Registries was officially established in Mexico and also the first steps were given to implement our National Cancer Control Plan; two historical events, to improve cancer control in our country. Now, our mission will be Cancer Treatment for All.” 
– Dr Alejandro Mohar (Appointed NNCP coordinator and Host of the 2017 Summit)

'Best Website and Integration' at the International & European Association Awards 2018

Winner badge for Best Website & Integration

A category which recognises associations who have created a new website or significantly updated their old website in the last year.

The judges' comments on uicc.org for the 'Best Website & Integration' category were:

“The website was very well designed to user needs. The data showed a very great increase in use, with additional halo effect."

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'Best Association Website' at the European Association Awards 2018

Best Association Website, European Association Awards 2018

Convening over 250 senior professionals from associations across Europe, the European Association Awards ceremony recognised individuals, teams and initiatives, and highlighted excellence in how associations operate and serve their members.

UICC was the winner of the 'Best Association Website' and the European Association Awards Judging Panel 2018 said the following about uicc.org:

"A well structured, easy to navigate, informative website that offers great interactivity.  Really complete at first sight - very user friendly."

Finalist for 'Overall Best European Association' at the European Association Awards 2018

UICC was among the finalists for 'Overall Best European Association' at the European Association Awards 2018. The Judging Panel said the following about the organisation:

“A very professional and well-run organisation - their increase in membership is impressive.” “Efficient and professional organization that majors in uniting and representing the 'cancer community.” “Very impressive growth in membership of the organisation in a relatively short time.” “Reports are well written and demonstrate high level political support from different countries. Web site is informative and has easy to access reports and information. Member satisfaction indices are excellent and on the rise. Extensive range of languages used. Impressive communications results.” 



Association Excellence Award 2017 for 'Best use of social media' with the 2016 World Cancer Congress campaign


Convening over 320 senior professionals in associations at the famous Hurlingham Club in London, the Association Excellence Awards ceremony recognised individuals, teams and initiatives, and highlighted excellence in how associations operate and serve their members. 

UICC developed a fully integrated multi-channel social media campaign to support the 2016WCC global communications strategy. The campaign, which ran over an 18-month period, ensured the delivery of a successful event leveraging communication and interaction opportunities on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

'Best Membership Engagement' Award at the International & European Association Awards 2017


The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) was shortlisted in the Membership Engagement category for its strategy which was developed as part of the organisation’s overall business plan.

UICC has indeed grown in many aspects these last years, not least as a membership organisation after we set ourselves the ambitious challenge of increasing our membership base two-fold in less than five years.

And whilst we have been able to achieve great milestones such as welcoming our 1,000th member, we have been working simultaneously to establish a strong strategy to increase and improve membership engagement – which is core to delivering against our purpose statement.



UICC winner of the Best Conference Development award for the World Cancer Congress

"Best Conference Development" Award at the International & European Association Awards 2016

The award recognised the development of the Congress over the past few years, including some of its innovative features aimed at building capacity across UICC membership.

The World Cancer Congress was recognised for strengthening its focus on cancer implementation science, while also increasing essential features such as best practice sharing, education and training initiatives as well as networking opportunities.

UICC Awarded "Most Successful NGO in the Health Sector for the Year 2016"

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) was awarded the "Most successful NGO in Health Award for 2016" by the Society for Health Volunteers -Turkey. The society has been giving the awards in different categories for 10 years. 



Cary Adams awarded ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ at the International and European Association Awards 2015

Speaking of the honour, Cary said,

“I am delighted to receive the prestigious award of CEO of the Year in 2015, not for my own achievements, but in recognition of the incredibly talented and committed UICC Board, team, members and partners around the world, who collectively address cancer on a day-to-day basis.”

Last update: 
Friday 29 July 2022