Environmental sustainability

Cancer and climate change are two of the greatest challenges of our time and they are connected. That’s why UICC is taking action to reduce its carbon footprint to protect cancer patients, improve healthcare resilience, and support a sustainable planet.

Windmills in a field representing sustainability

Climate and cancer

Climate change is a growing threat to public health, including cancer. Extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and wildfires, disrupt healthcare infrastructure and divert funds to urgent needs.

Air pollution, exacerbated by climate change, worsens respiratory conditions and increases the risk of lung cancer.

Displacement and migration caused by climate change affect access to care and resource allocation.

And vulnerable populations, including low-income communities and those without access to adequate healthcare, are disproportionately affected.

UICC's commitment

UICC is committed to strengthening the sustainability of all its activities, with a special focus on its international conferences and summits, by reducing its environmental impact and accelerating its transition to a low greenhouse gas emissions organisation. UICC is pleased to partner with Climate Action Accelerator on this initiative and to help ensure that best practices are shared between sectors to contribute to a domino effect in the global health ecosystem and beyond.  A work plan is being prepared.

UICC's podcasts on cancer and the environment

Participants at the World Cancer Congress 2018 cheering

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is the oldest and largest global membership organisation dedicated to the fight against cancer. UICC is the largest international cancer organisation representing all cancer types, across the cancer care continuum. 

Cancer and air pollution

Exposure to air pollution can lead to cancer, stroke, respiratory, cardiovascular diseases and other health issues. Nearly half of lung cancer cases in people who have never smoked are estimated to be related to air pollution.

UICC staff at work

At UICC, issues of equity and gender equality in global health are embedded in the core functioning and vision of the organisation.

Last update

Tuesday 19 December 2023

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