PACT Joins UICC to call for Global Action on Cancer

4 February 2010

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is the leading international non-governmental organization dedicated to the global prevention and control of cancer. UICC works to connect, mobilize and support cancer-related organizations, leading experts, key stakeholders and volunteers in a dynamic community working together to eliminate cancer as a life-threatening disease for future generations. PACT has partnered with UICC since 2007.

The UICC is widely known for launching February 4 as World Cancer Day. On 4 February 2010, as in previous years, the IAEA will support World Cancer Day by hosting an event, opened by its Director General, Yukiya Amano, to sensitize the staff of the Vienna-based United Nations organizations and the representatives of Member State Permanent Missions to the scale of the cancer epidemic and the role of the IAEA in the global fight against cancer.

During the 4 February event, participants will also be encouraged to sign the World Cancer Declaration, a call to action launched by UICC in 2006 with specific targets to reduce the global cancer burden by 2020.

The UICC is committed to delivering on the 11 targets identified in the World Cancer Declaration which is expected to reach 1 million signatories by the end of 2010. IAEA/PACT activities in the field of cancer control align closely with several of the targets of the World Cancer Declaration, notably:

  • To ensure effective delivery systems in (low and middle income) countries;
  • To promote the diagnosis of more cancers via screening and early detection;
  • To improve access to diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care; and
  • To improve training opportunities for cancer control professionals.

The leading role of IAEA in these activities was recognized by UICC during a meeting held at the PACT Programme Office on 21 January with UICC's new CEO Cary Adams and Deputy CEO and Advocacy and Programmes Director, Julie Torode. PACT and UICC discussed further ways for both international organizations to work more closely together in the fight against cancer. In addition, Mr. Adams and Ms. Torode were featured in a PACT Seminar held later that day for IAEA staff and representatives of Member State permanent missions. The Seminar highlighted the role of NGOs in the fight against cancer and UICC's contribution to the field (see also Photo Gallery).