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The cancer community—including cancer societies, research and treatment centers, patient support groups, and survivors at the local, national and global levels—is engaged in a broad spectrum of activity from fundraising, research, advocacy, and health education to cancer surveillance, treatment and care. Many cancer-related issues require solutions outside of health; developing synergistic partnerships across sectors (education, labor, finance, and development) and with key stakeholders (government, United Nations agencies, civil society organizations, and the private sector where appropriate) is critical to accelerating progress in cancer prevention and control.

The World Cancer Declaration calls upon government leaders and health policy-makers to significantly reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

In support of this goal, the World Cancer Declaration unites the cancer community behind a set of global visionary targets and priority actions—many of which are now embedded in global commitments on non-communicable diseases. The World Cancer Declaration calls upon government leaders and health policy-makers to significantly reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity, and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda. Innovative and strategic multi-sectorial partnerships like the following are fundamental to delivering the targets of the World Cancer Declaration and achieving the global target of reducing premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 25% by 2025:

INTERNATIONAL CANCER CONTROL PARTNERSHIP (ICCP) is helping governments to develop and implement effective national cancer control plans.

FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ALLIANCE (FCA) is supporting global tobacco control efforts through the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.

GLOBAL TASKFORCE ON RADIOTHERAPY FOR CANCER CONTROL is working to identify the investment needed to provide equity in global access to radiation therapy.

GLOBAL INITIATIVE FOR CANCER REGISTRY DEVELOPMENT is working to develop and build registry capacity worldwide.

REACH TO RECOVERY INTERNATIONAL improves the quality of life for women with breast cancer and their families through peer support and advocacy.

THE MCCABE CENTRE FOR LAW AND CANCER is building capacity for the effective use of law in cancer control.

THE NCD ALLIANCE unites over 2,000 civil society organizations to raise the profile of NCDs as a development priority.

A palliative care advocacy network that includes the UNION FOR INTERNATIONAL CANCER CONTROL, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, and the WORLD PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION is working together to position palliative care on the WHO agenda and drive action at a national level.

The World Cancer Declaration 2013 includes a single overarching goal and nine specific targets.

OVERARCHING GOAL: There will be major reductions in premature deaths from cancer, and improvements in quality of life and cancer survival rates.

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Chart listing the nine specific targets included in the World Cancer Declaration 2013

“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.”

Professor Mary Gospodarowicz, President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)