World Cancer Leaders Summit 2016
Over 300 global health leaders from more than 60 countries gathered at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Paris, France, on 31 October 2016 to discuss progress made in cancer prevention and control over the last seven years, and the challenges that remain to deliver the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2025.
Moderated by the award-winning journalist Mrs Baria Alamuddin, Summit participants discussed the global progress made in cancer prevention and control over the last seven years, and the pressing challenges that remain to deliver the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from cancer and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025.
In his opening address, President of UICC, Professor Tezer Kutluk, drew attention to the launch of the landmark World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016, saying:
“This is the first time UICC has reported collectively in this way and we have been both encouraged and inspired by the breadth of civil society efforts, contributing to national progress across the cancer control spectrum. At the same time the report highlights a number of common challenges, particularly in developing countries where the burden is set to increase most rapidly.”
The World Cancer Declaration Progress Report 2016 is a collective effort from the 1,000-strong UICC membership, sharing unique civil society perspectives from 113 countries on national successes and major challenges that remain to realise the Declaration targets. The Report also includes a series of thematic pages showcasing key global initiatives and resources that can support members to drive national progress. The Report is available to explore online, and UICC welcomes any feedback. We invite you to share additional resources or success stories that can help inspire others in our collective journey to towards the 2025 Declaration targets.
In a powerful series of TED style talks, speakers shared inspirational and personal stories, highlighting the power of the patient voice in cancer advocacy in India and South Africa, and what can be achieved through multi-sectoral and cross-country collaboration in Mexico and Finland.
This was followed by two dynamic roundtable discussions in which Ministers of Health described challenges and levers for success in the implementation of cancer prevention and control policies.
Dr Christopher Wild, Director, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) emphasised that in order to create both political will and a supportive platform for longer-term investment, it is important to have real impact in the short term. He also highlighted treatment of childhood cancers as a real opportunity to demonstrate this in terms of improved survival.
Dr Wild also spoke of the importance of cancer registration, noting the IARC led Global Initiative for Cancer Registry Development (GICR) which is delivering change in this area – most notably with progress in Africa, where a regional cancer registry network has been established with 29 members from 22 countries.
Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy, Under-SecretaryGeneral of the United Nations and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Innovative Financing for Development reminded participants that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of death worldwide, with the greatest and growing burden in low- and middle-income countries, and called for the collective fostering of greater political will to drive the fight against cancer.
In a powerful series of talks, speakers shared inspirational stories from Finland, Mexico, India, and South Africa, highlighting specific organisational or personal experiences and factors crucial for success in our collective journey to 2025.
Power of the people Dr Cristina Stefan, President-elect of the African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC) gave a compelling insight into the emotional journeys that confront oncologists every day using a highly personal story of a relationship that grew between herself and a young girl with childhood cancer. Dr Stefan highlighted how all of her technical training had not prepared her for their final conversation.
The full Report can be read/downloaded in PDF format HERE.