About UICC


"We unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, to promote greater equity, and to integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda."

Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is a membership organisation that exists to help the global health community accelerate the fight against cancer.

Founded in 1933 and based in Geneva, UICC’s growing membership of over 900 organisations across 155 countries, features the world’s major cancer societies, ministries of health, research institutes and patient groups. Together with its members, key partners, the World Health Organization, World Economic Forum and others, UICC is tackling the growing cancer crisis on a global scale.


UICC is governed by its member organisations, which meet in a general assembly, held in conjunction withthe World Cancer Congress, every two years. Between assemblies, a board of 17 directors, elected by the General Assembly, act as the executive body of UICC.


UICC works closely with key international UN agencies including: the World Health Organization (WHO), with whom we are in official relations, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), and has consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In addition to this, UICC offers corporate partners a unique opportunity to demonstrate social responsibility on a global scale.


This year alone, nearly 8 million people will die of cancer, and left unchecked, the number of deaths will increase to 13.2 million per year by 2030. UICC is committed to reducing the global cancer burden through delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration.

This call to action sets out 9 goals to be achieved by 2025 including:

  • Universal vaccination programmes for hepatitis B (HBV) and human papillomavirus (HPV) to prevent liver and cervical cancer
  • Dramatic reductions in the emigration of health workers with specialist cancer training
  • Universal availability of effective pain medication
  • Dispelling myths and misconceptions about cancer


UICC is committed to delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration through strategic partnerships involving members and other institutions interested in fighting cancer. Together we aim to save millions of lives by focusing on what needs to be done by taking the lead in:

  • Convening the global cancer control community
  • Advocacy and putting cancer on the global health agenda
  • Coordinating high-impact global programmes