Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) played an important part of the programme of the past 2014 World Cancer Congress, with a suite of plenaries, sessions and side events that were of relevance to the wider NCD community beyond cancer. 

Visit also the NCD café, featuring many speakers, hosted for the first time at the World Cancer Congress!


This is not surprising given the many synergies between the different NCDs which: share common risk factors, require outstanding primary care services, struggle from the same myths and misconceptions which hinder the education of the general public and, certainly in low- and middle-income countries, lack the political priority to prepare for the unprecedented disease levels anticipated in future years.

At the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne last December, we had the opportunity to share best practice and discuss topics pertinent to all NCDs during a vibrant meeting, which has been primed to help network experts from around the world. Whilst the Congress has covered the full spectrum of cancer control, NCDs have been embedded throughout, with sessions relating to risk factors, advocacy, fundraising for a cause, patient rights, palliative care and political engagement being of immense relevance to the whole NCD movement.

The World Cancer Congress has offered to all an opportunity to form new alliances by joining over 2,700 delegates from 115 countries.

View the programme directly online below, or download the PDF version here.


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Why attend the World Cancer Congress?

From 3 – 6 December 2014, delegates found a full three-day programme of NCD relevant sessions given by some of the world’s leading experts in their field.

For example:

  • There were a number of sessions which focused on the common risk factors across the NCDs. Tobacco, alcohol, diet and physical activity received particular attention. Each panel discussion drawing on experts in the field, including the involvement of our colleagues from the World Health Organization.
  • Our Big sCreen media track showcased the most impactful NCD awareness campaigns from around the world.
  • Advocacy has featured prominently throughout the three days. Many sessions addressing the topic of how one successfully campaigns to place NCDs on global and national agendas.
  • Improving health systems is relevant to all NCDs. The Congress has featured a selection of international experts who specialise in national health systems design and implementation with an emphasis on palliative care, relevant to all NCDs.
  • Fundraising is a critical competency for all NGOs irrespective of their disease focus. In our fundraising sessions, we provided a platform highlighting the best fundraising campaigns that have been implemented around the world over the last two years. All delegate who attended these sessions left equipped to improve the fundraising efforts of their own organisation.
  • The Congress has attracted individuals and organisations who were integral to cancer control planning in their own country. Yes, there were oncologists at the Congress, but the vast majority of attendees were leaders of cancer societies, councils and leagues. We were also privileged to welcome ministries of health from many countries and officials from several UN agencies.

The NCD Alliance and its supporters were at the Congress. In addition to running NCD Alliance sessions, the team was in the Global Village and there was an NCD Cafe in which there was regular presentations given by world-renowned global health experts.

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