Targeted commitments

Political will and a national strategy that prioritises targeted investments in cancer control as well as action at the international level can reduce the global cancer burden. 

Prof. Jeff Dunn, President of UICC 2022-2024, speaking at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit 2023 in Long Beach, CA, United States in November 2023.

Positive change in cancer control that benefits the health of all populations requires political will and targeted investments in cancer care that are aligned with a country's resources.

To this end, UICC works to bring cancer to the attention of global leaders and engages regularly with United Nations agencies, UICC members, civil society and other stakeholders to achieve the implementation of global cancer and non-communicable disease (NCD) commitments, including: the World Cancer Declaration, the 2017 Cancer Resolution, the Global Action Plan on NCDs, WHO Best Buys, Sustainable Development Goal #3Global Strategy to eliminate cervical cancer and Global Breast Cancer Initiative

UICC also works closely with the International Cancer Control Partnership (ICCP) to ensuring that all countries develop and implement a national cancer control plan, and that national health investments in cancer control and other NCDs increase over time.

© UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

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The World Cancer Declaration calls upon government leaders and policymakers to significantly reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity in the access to cancer services, and integrate cancer control into the global health and development agenda. 

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A tool which aims to help policy makers and cancer and NCD advocates build understanding about the links between international time bound commitments and priority actions for national impact.

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In 2020, an estimated 10 million people died prematurely from cancer. It is expected that by 2030, this number will rise to nearly 13 million. This alarming trend can be reversed with strong action at global and national levels. 

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A comprehensive plan is a prerequisite for effective and efficient action on health nationally. There are two key areas where UICC is helping advance discussions and action on cancer control planning.

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Last update

Monday 19 February 2024

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