|The participants of the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, from over 60 countries, expressed their appreciation to the United Nations Member States for the adoption of the Political Declaration of the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, including cancer, which commits governments to take action to reduce the global burden of cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
As representatives of UN Member States, civil society organizations, private sector and academia, they acknowledged that the World Cancer Declaration (WCD) is a commitment of all Member States to promote targets of the WCD and to work in partnership to assist governments strategically, and in the implementation of the following agreed steps:
Promote, establish or support and strengthen national policies and plans, including cancer plans, for the prevention and control of NCDs.
Strengthen information systems for health planning and management of national cancer registries.
Reduce individuals' exposure to cancer risk factors and specifically, to accelerate the implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) regarding the prevention of smoking, including measures to reduce tobacco consumption.
Promote increased access to cost-effective vaccination to prevent infections associated with cancers as part of national immunization schedules.
Promote increased access to cost-effective cancer screening programs.
Promote the inclusion of NCD prevention and control within sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health programs, as well as at the primary healthcare level.
Improve access to services for prevention, early detection, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care, particularly at the community level.
Increase access to quality, effective and safe medications, and technologies such as radiotherapy.
Build both country and regional level capacity in the multidisciplinary health workforce for optimal service delivery.
Promote health education, to prevent ignorance and stigmas which may pose a barrier to prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.
The members of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) are committed to working together with partners in promoting the above targets.
The target is to reduce the number of preventable deaths from NCD's by 25% by 2025.
To achieve this aspiration, the attendeed of the World Cancer Leaders' Summit, commit themselves to:
Develop a set of evaluation indicators and associated monitoring and reporting systems by the end of 2012 for the implementation of the World Cancer Declaration targets.
Promote the inclusion of cancer-related targets in the post-2015 UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Promote policies that will strengthen and facilitate multi-sectoral action.
Effectively promote and support the World Cancer Declaration Goals in order to achieve all targets and monitor their implementation.
Miri Ziv, ICA Director General, who is also a member of the Executive Board of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), was invited to participate in the World Cancer Leaders' Summit and signed the World Cancer Declaration along with representatives from over 60 countries around the globe.