Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS), an important annual high-level policy meeting
dedicated exclusively to furthering global cancer control, will for the first
time take place in Africa on 18-19 November 2013. Organised by the Union for
International Cancer Control (UICC) and hosted by the Cancer Association of
South Africa (CANSA), the event will bring together key decision makers from
around the world to encourage timely debate on emerging issues related to
cancer. The two-day event, taking place at the Mount Nelson Hotel and the Cape
Town City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa, will provide an important forum to
secure a coordinated, multileveled global response to address the spiralling
will coincide with the release of the latest statistical data around incidence,
mortality and prevalence for cancers worldwide. This information is crucial to
deriving key insights on the global cancer burden, and is expected to highlight
the urgent need for concerted action around many important issues, such as the
growing cancer crisis in the developing world.
Closing the cancer divide
“We want to
raise awareness among leading decision-makers to ensure cancer is a global
health priority by providing a forum to exchange information and innovative
ideas on how to reverse the cancer epidemic, ensuring a sustainable response,”
says Mr Cary Adams, Chief Executive Officer, UICC.
of this year's Summit is ‘Closing the Cancer Divide by 2025’ which highlights
the critical need to address the glaring disparities in cancer control within
and across national, regional, and international boundaries.
cancer divide is crucial to achieving the global goal of reducing premature
deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025, which was adopted by UN Member States at the
World Health Assembly in May 2012.
workshops will be held on Monday 18th November (Pre-Summit Day) to engage
delegates in the wider Summit discussions to be held on the Tuesday.
place particular emphasis on women’s cancers, cancer treatment and improved
cancer registry information in low- and middle-income countries to help achieve
this goal,” Adams continues. “Participants are asked to come prepared with bold
ideas on how we can close the global cancer divide by 2025 within the framework
of the key themes that are on the agenda.”
previous years, eminent speakers and panellists for the Summit are drawn from
all aspects of the international cancer community and include health and
government leaders, and cancer control experts from around the world. Prominent
attendees expected to play an active role at this year’s Summit will include
Her Excellency Madame Tobeka Madiba Zuma, Her Excellency Dr Christine Kaseba
Sata, First Lady of Zambia and the granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Ms Zoleka Mandela –
an avid cancer prevention advocate and survivor.