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UICC's 2015 Annual Activity Report

15 April 2016

On behalf of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), it is with great pleasure that I share with you the 2015 Annual Activity Report.

There is much to be proud of in 2015 and I hope that you enjoy discovering some of the highlights of our year’s journey.

Download the 2015 Annual Activity Report here

Read it online here

I have had the privilege to be the President of UICC during a year of significant progress on many fronts. Together with my Board, the Geneva team, our members and partners, we can look back at 2015 and be proud that cancer gained the recognition it deserves as a global health and development imperative.

In September at the United Nations General Assembly, I was delighted to see that all countries agreed to include cancer and the other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This means that for the first time, cancer and the other NCDs have been recognised as significant global challenges which demand the attention of all countries, and particularly low- and middle-income countries, where we anticipate the majority of cancer cases to occur in the next fifteen years.

The UICC Board takes its purpose statement very seriously and placing cancer in the SDGs shows that through working with colleagues across the NCD Alliance and our membership base in over 155 countries, we can collectively leverage global policies which change the way in which cancer is addressed in all countries. The challenge we will face in the coming years is converting those commitments into action at a national level.

However, I am confident that we are in a good position to see this happen. UICC has grown from 340 members to nearly 1,000 members in only six years. And that membership base is more interactive and cohesive than at any other time in the past. We therefore have the ability to mobilise action in all countries, pressing home recent global wins into real and funded plans which governments will implement and report progress on.

Our reach and impact is greater than it has ever been and I am hopeful that we can capitalise quickly on the momentum achieved at the various UN meetings in which cancer has been positioned as a global issue requiring immediate and sustained action to resolve.

We are now entering a new planning cycle for UICC. It covers the period 2016-2018. We will continue to organise ourselves around three key themes – convening, capacity building and advocacy – but we will give greater focus to our ability to help UICC members do better tomorrow than they can do today.

I conclude by thanking the UICC team in Geneva, our members, partners and others who have worked with us in 2015. I think we all found opportunity to contribute and delight in the work we have undertaken on behalf of our members. I look forward to seeing many of you at the 2016 World Cancer Congress which will open on 31 October in Paris, France.

Tezer Kutluk
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)

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