International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Centre international de Recherche sur le Cancer (CIRC)

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Established by the World Health Assembly, pursuant to Article 18 of the Constitution, in Resolution WHA18.44, within the framework of B-XB3548 - WHO. Following the decision of the Governing Council, the seat of the Agency is in Lyon (France).


Promote international collaboration in cancer research; serve as a means through which Participating States and WHO, in liaison with the UICC and other interested international organizations, may cooperate in stimulation and support of research related to the causes and prevention of cancer.


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Governing Council, composed of one representative of each Participating State and Director-General of WHO. Scientific Council, consisting of scientists selected on the basis of their technical competence in cancer research and allied fields. Secretariat, consisting of technical and administrative personnel and of IARC Director (who is selected by the Governing Council and appointed by Director-General of WHO). All other staff members are appointed in accordance with an agreement between the Director-General of WHO and the Director of IARC. Research Groups.


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality Education



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