Against Cancer for the New Millenium
Charter of Paris: 4 February 2000
cancer knows no boundaries, and individual countries cannot address
the challenges of cancer in isolation, a new cooperative approach
to research, advocacy, prevention and treatment must be established.
The parties undertake to develop unprecedented global networks and
alliances to further the goals of this charter. They further pledge
to ensure that the objectives of this charter are not abandoned after
its signing, by:
1. Recognizing the declaration by all appropriate institutions that
February 4 shall be marked as "World Cancer Day" so that each year,
the Charter of Paris will be in the hearts and minds of people around
2. Establishing standing committees that will produce annual reports,
benchmarking progress against each of the articles of the Charter.
3. Forming a global network of advocacy groups to encourage grassroots
support for charter articles within their communities.
4. Creating a global research organization made up of leading professional
societies around the world. This group will be dedicated to ensuring
that current knowledge is shared across borders, research gaps are
identified and promising areas are explored.
5. Rallying one million people around the world to sign the Charter
of Paris by the year 2001, thereby showing their willingness to mobilize
on behalf of those affected by cancer.