Recognition and awards

UICC has received or been shortlisted for a number of awards recognising its efforts in improving its various services to its members, partners and the general cancer community.

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UICC's World Cancer Day campaign wins NYX Gold Award

UICC received the 'Gold Award' at the 2024 NYX Awards for its World Cancer Day 'Close the Care Gap' Campaign. This award, in the Public Relations Campaign category, acknowledges UICC's initiatives in community engagement, government affairs, and healthcare.

The NYX Awards receives entries from numerous nations, providing a stage for presenting innovative work and establishing industry standards. The International Awards Associate (IAA) recognised UICC's contributions within a global network of professionals. 

UICC's World Cancer Day campaign was noted for its creative marketing and projects, which have contributed to evolving the concepts of brand engagement and storytelling within the NYX Awards.

About the NYX Awards

The NYX Awards, an international contest, honours distinction in the creative and marketing realms. It spans various sectors, including Advertising and Design, Strategic Communications, Marketing Campaigns, and Digital Media, which covers web, video, and social media.


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UICC and its creative agency SPIN, were awarded by the Global Social Media Awards for the World Cancer Day "Close the Care Gap" Campaign

The campaign inviting the world to "Close the Cancer Care Gap", won the award in the "Best Charity / Not-for-profit Campaign" category.

The judges made the following comments:

Their use of video strategy was exceptionally clever, utilizing creativity uniquely and effectively. The approach taken towards the brief was particularly impressive, demonstrating a strong creative idea and insightful execution. Despite budget constraints, the campaign delivered incredible and robust results.

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"International Association of the Year" award at the Association Excellence Awards 2023

UICC receives the "International Association of the Year" award at the Association Excellence Awards
Maria Barbara Leon, Chief Operating Officer, receiving the award on behalf of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) at the awards ceremony, in London, on 3 November 2023.

The category of "International Association of the Year" recognises European and internationally focused associations. Judges assess the nominees based on a clear strategy, effective workforce and member engagement, a proven track record, and excellence in leadership.

The Association Excellence Awards have been held annually since 2015, aiming to acknowledge the crucial contributions of associations, trade bodies, unions, and professional organisations in serving their members.

The judges were particularly impressed with UICC's innovative ATOM Coalition, which "is transforming the way in which the health community and private sector work together to increase the availability of essential cancer medicines in low- and lower-middle income countries. An amazing organisation with an impressive external impact."

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Digital Communication Award - "Let's Talk Cancer" and History of Cancer video

DCA award for UICC's Let's Talk Cancer podcast

UICC's podcast series on cancer, "Let's Talk Cancer" received a Digital Communication Award (DCA) in the category ‘Digital Publishing (Blog, Podcast, Magazine, Newsroom)’.
UICC’s History of Cancer video received 2nd place. 

"Let’s Talk Cancer" is hosted by Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, and dives into topics most relevant to the cancer community with leading experts in their fields. These topics include tobacco control and the commercial determinants of health, anti-microbial resistance, innovation in prevention and treatment, universal health coverage, patient experiences, and issues of equity and fair access to services. 

The Digital Communication Awards recognise exceptional online projects and campaigns from companies, agencies, associations, NGOs, political institutions and parties worldwide. Receiving the international award for best Digital Publishing project highlights UICC’s commitment and ability to raise awareness, share knowledge and promote dialogue on cancer-related issues on a global scale.

UICC also received an award for 2nd place for in the 'short clips' category with a video on the history of cancer

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Eric Grant and Alex La Guardia with their eHealthcare award for best health podcast

eHealthcare Leadership Awards - Best Healthcare Podcast for "Let's Talk Cancer"

UICC's podcast series on cancer, "Let's Talk Cancer" also received in 2023 a Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award for "Best Healthcare Podcast". 

The eHealthcare leadership awards are distributed annually and recognise the best websites, digital communications and business improvement initiatives from a wide range of healthcare organisations. 

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Cary Adams accepts award in 2023

Cary Adams recognised with 2023 International Healthcare Leadership Award from NCHL

Acknowledged for his role in leadership development and contributions to global healthcare through his work at UICC, Cary Adams formally received the award in a ceremony on 14 November 2023 in Chicago. 

Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, is the recipient of the 2023 International Healthcare Leadership Award by the National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL). The award recognises his significant contributions to global healthcare and his dedication to fostering leadership within the sector. 

 “I am very honoured to accept the NCHL International Healthcare Leadership Award, not just as an individual, but as a representative of the incredible UICC team, members and partners who strive tirelessly to make a difference in global cancer control. This award is a testament to the power of collective dedication, where our shared commitment to defeating cancer drives innovation, thought leadership and impact globally.” 
– Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC 

Projected slide showing screenshots of the mobile and desktop versions of the website winning 2nd place at the Splash Awards 2023 wins 2nd place in the "Health" category at the Splash Awards 2023

The Splash Awards, initiated by the Dutch Drupal community in 2017, were established to acknowledge outstanding Drupal projects worldwide.

The Germany and Austria Splash Awards 2023 honoured the best projects from both countries, at the award ceremony held on 9 November 2023, at the Manufaktur Mannheim in Germany. Notably, the website, developed in partnership with UICC's digital agency 1xINTERNET, won the 2nd place in the Health category.

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Read the project overview here (in German)

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Finalist at the Association Excellence Awards 2021 for Best Membership Support during COVID-19 (800 – 5,000 members)

Union for International Cancer Control – Virtualisation of the business with strengthened membership focus

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic challenged the work and in some case the existence of cancer organisations around the world, UICC completely re-engineered its business model, virtualising its services for members and developing new platforms to bring the community together, and sharing best practice on how the cancer community should respond to the pandemic. The response from the UICC membership has been outstanding, and the new platforms available will be further explored to unite and support the cancer community, and to ensure cancer stays as a global and national priority as the pandemic eases country by country.


Finalist at the Victorian Premier's Design Awards 2020 in the Communication and Design Category for the World Cancer Day 2019-2020 Brand and Campaign

The category focuses on the design, development, preparation and organisation of images and information for publication with particular emphasis on clarity of the message being conveyed and the matching of information styles to audience requirements.

Motherbird worked with UICC to create a reinvigorated brand and 3-year campaign to raise awareness, improve education and catalyse personal, collective and government action across the world. A powerful reminder that everyone has a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.


UICC was shortlisted for the "Campaign of the Year" Award at the International & European Association Awards 2019

UICC was among the three organisations shortlisted for the "Campaign of the Year" category, for its work on the World Cancer Day, 'I Am and I Will' campaign.

The 2019 – 2021 World Cancer Day campaign was created to position World Cancer Day as an influential, inclusive and positive movement that UICC member organisations and partners around the world could adopt to engage and mobilise the public around cancer.

The World Cancer Day theme for 2019 to 2021, ‘I Am and I Will’, underscored the message that individual actions are important to reducing the growing impact of cancer. It was an open invitation to all supporters to make a personal commitment and served as a powerful reminder that everyone has a role to play and a responsibility to act.

The theme sought to inspire and empower every individual to contribute, at the personal level, to the global progress in the fight against cancer.


Winner of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Incredible Impact Award for impact following the 2017 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit event in Mexico City

The Incredible Impact Programme is run collaboratively by ICCA and Best Cities Global Alliance. UICC was one of three selected winners, recognised for the legacy, sustainability and accessibility of its 2017 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit event themed ‘Cities Driving Change’.

The ‘Incredible Impact’ of the 2017 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit

Following the 2017 cancer resolution, Cancer prevention and control in the context of an integrated approach, Summit discussions were focused on how countries and cities around the world can accelerate impact on cancer control and, in doing so, make important progress towards achieving the global target of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025. In the Summit’s call to action, participants were encouraged to:

  • Reinvigorate national action through the 2018 UN High-level Meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)
  • Work with city and national governments to develop sustainable solutions to improve access to cancer services that are aligned with established, budgeted and operational national cancer control plans (NCCPs)
  • Prompt cities with a population of greater than 1 million to apply as a Challenge City of the City Cancer Challenge (C/Can) 2025 initiative.
Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, receiving the 7,500 USD cheque in Dubai at the ICCA awards ceremony

Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, receiving the USD 7,500 cheque in Dubai at the ICCA awards ceremony

“Thanks to the support of the UICC, since the Summit in Mexico last November, a network of Population Based Cancer Registries was officially established in Mexico and also the first steps were given to implement our National Cancer Control Plan; two historical events, to improve cancer control in our country. Now, our mission will be Cancer Treatment for All.” 
– Dr Alejandro Mohar (Appointed NNCP coordinator and Host of the 2017 Summit)


"Best Website and Integration" at the International & European Association Awards 2018

Winner badge for Best Website & Integration

A category which recognises associations who have created a new website or significantly updated their old website in the last year.

The judges' comments on for the 'Best Website & Integration' category were:

“The website was very well designed to user needs. The data showed a very great increase in use, with additional halo effect."

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"Best Association Website" at the European Association Awards 2018

Best Association Website, European Association Awards 2018

Convening over 250 senior professionals from associations across Europe, the European Association Awards ceremony recognised individuals, teams and initiatives, and highlighted excellence in how associations operate and serve their members.

UICC was the winner of the "Best Association Website" Award and the European Association Awards Judging Panel 2018 said the following about

"A well structured, easy to navigate, informative website that offers great interactivity.  Really complete at first sight - very user friendly."

Finalist for "Overall Best European Association" at the European Association Awards 2018

UICC was among the finalists for "Overall Best European Association" at the European Association Awards 2018. The Judging Panel said the following about the organisation:

“A very professional and well-run organisation – their increase in membership is impressive.”

"Efficient and professional organisation that majors in uniting and representing the 'cancer community'.”

“Very impressive growth in membership of the organisation in a relatively short time.”

“Reports are well written and demonstrate high level political support from different countries. Web site is informative and has easy to access reports and information. Member satisfaction indices are excellent and on the rise. Extensive range of languages used. Impressive communications results.” 


Association Excellence Award 2017 for 'Best use of social media' with the 2016 World Cancer Congress campaign


Convening over 320 senior professionals in associations at the famous Hurlingham Club in London, the Association Excellence Awards ceremony recognised individuals, teams and initiatives, and highlighted excellence in how associations operate and serve their members. 

UICC developed a fully integrated multi-channel social media campaign to support the 2016WCC global communications strategy. The campaign, which ran over an 18-month period, ensured the delivery of a successful event leveraging communication and interaction opportunities on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

'Best Membership Engagement' Award at the International & European Association Awards 2017

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) was shortlisted in the Membership Engagement category for its strategy which was developed as part of the organisation’s overall business plan.

UICC has indeed grown in many aspects these last years, not least as a membership organisation after we set ourselves the ambitious challenge of increasing our membership base two-fold in less than five years.

And whilst we have been able to achieve great milestones such as welcoming our 1,000th member, we have been working simultaneously to establish a strong strategy to increase and improve membership engagement – which is core to delivering against our purpose statement.


UICC winner of the Best Conference Development award for the World Cancer Congress

Best Conference Development Award at the International & European Association Awards 2016

The award recognised the development of the Congress over the past few years, including some of its innovative features aimed at building capacity across UICC membership.

The World Cancer Congress was recognised for strengthening its focus on cancer implementation science, while also increasing essential features such as best practice sharing, education and training initiatives as well as networking opportunities.

UICC awarded "Most successful NGO in the Health Sector" for the year 2016

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) was awarded the "Most successful NGO in Health Award for 2016" by the Society for Health Volunteers -Turkey. The society has been giving the awards in different categories for 10 years. 


Cary Adams awarded ‘Chief Executive of the Year’ at the International and European Association Awards 2015

Speaking of the honour, Cary said,

“I am delighted to receive the prestigious award of CEO of the Year in 2015, not for my own achievements, but in recognition of the incredibly talented and committed UICC Board, team, members and partners around the world, who collectively address cancer on a day-to-day basis.”


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. 

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Annual report 2023

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The UICC Team at the World Cancer Congress 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland

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UICC Staff do a 5k walk together to mark World Cancer Day 2023

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UICC staff at work

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Wednesday 10 July 2024

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