Today Queen Letizia was in Geneva, Switzerland to visit the headquarters of the “Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)” as Honorary President of the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC).
Accompanied by the ambassador-permanent representative of Spain before the United Nations, upon arrival the Queen was received by the president of the UICC, Princess Dina Mired of Jordan. The visit was aimed to learn about work and global impact of UICC and AECC, and to explore how Spain can be more active in the international fight against cancer.
The International Union Against Cancer (UICC) leads initiatives to exchange experience and good practices, training and advocacy. The organization unites the community dedicated to the fight against cancer to reduce the global burden that this disease represents, promote equality and integrate cancer control into the global agenda for development and health.
Founded in 1933 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the UICC is the largest and oldest international organization against cancer. With more than 1,000 member organizations from 162 countries and 56 partners, the UICC brings together the most important entities in the fight against cancer, ministries of health, research and treatment centres, patient associations and industry leaders.
Over the years, the UICC has become a reputable, objective and independent institution dedicated to promoting cancer control. It urges governments to take action on the issue and ensures that this disease is included as a priority issue in the agendas of the most influential organizations, such as the World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum. Since the UICC has obtained the status of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), it collaborates closely with key United Nations agencies, such as the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The UICC and its partners, coming from very diverse sectors, have committed themselves, together, to create real impact and to promote sustainable and quality programs to reduce the scourge posed by cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide. The UICC is also one of the founding members of NCD Alliance, an international network of civil society organizations representing more than 2,000 entities from 170 countries.
The UICC promotes the formation of partnerships through which it operates and exerts its influence. It works in partnership with different entities, with the aim of promoting changes that transform society and progress in the fight against cancer. Its portfolio of partners includes cancer organizations, foundations and private sector companies with which they have developed a long-term commitment based on common objectives. Together, they aim to save millions of lives by focusing on three priority areas: exchange of good practices, training and advocacy initiatives.
Today Letizia held a meeting with the representative of UICC and other organizations. One of the topics discussed was an innovative initiative, “C / Can 2025: The Challenge of Cities Against Cancer”, which supports cities with more than 1 million inhabitants in the development of solutions for cancer control and how Spain could play an important role.
After the working meeting the presentation of the initiative “C / Can 2025: The Challenge of Cities Against Cancer” and the proposals for future activities such as the next World Congress against Cancer 2018 that will take place in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) was run and explained to the Queen and present dignitaries.
Later on, the Queen visited the different departments of the UICC – communication, IT and marketing, legal department, finance and administration that play an integral role in the working of the organization.
Coming to the sartorial details, Queen Letizia chose to recycle one of the finest pieces from her wardrobe. Letizia wore Carolina Herrera Gray Double Face Wool dress that she debuted in 2016 on day 3 of the State visit to Portugal.
The dress belongs to the label’s 2016 fall collection and comes with a matching coat that Queen wore in 2016 but today she opted for the dress only. The fit and flare sleeveless dress features a round neckline with a belt on the waistline with a touch of purple as lining.
Once again keeping jewellery to a minimum she opted for her Gold & Roses double dagger earrings.