A First Look: Governments in Action on World Cancer Day

17 May 2017

Governments are in a unique position to drive progress towards a healthier and brighter future for their nation. Read how a handful of governments led the way this World Cancer Day. 

This past 4 February on World Cancer Day, at least 30 governments around the world used World Cancer Day to show their commitment to the cancer cause. 

In this new report, World Cancer Day 2017: Governments in Action, we take a first look at how some of these governments - from Cuba to Canada and from New Zealand to Zambia - marked the Day.

Over a dozen mini-case studies within the report highlight how governments leveraged the Day as part of their national cancer initiatives, whether it be announcing further investment, unveiling new cancer programmes, or providing progress updates. The report also takes a closer look at how a handful of UICC member organisations have started a dialogue and successfully worked with their governments on joint World Cancer Day initiatives.   

We hope these insights will inspire more governments to use World Cancer Day for greater impact and for organisations to consider how partnering with their government on World Cancer Day can achieve greater opportunities for synergy. 


About World Cancer Day 2017

World Cancer Day takes place every year on 4 February and is the single initiative under which the world can unite to raise the profile of cancer in a positive and inspiring way.

Coordinated by UICC, World Cancer Day takes place under the tagline ‘We can. I can.’ and explores how everyone – as a collective or as individuals – can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, everyone has the power to take action to reduce the impact that cancer has. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action.

For more information, visit worldcancerday.org

Last update: 
Thursday 1 June 2017
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