The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is an umbrella organization of over 230 national diabetes associations in 165 countries and territories. It represents the interests of the growing number of people with diabetes and those at risk. The Federation has been leading the global diabetes community since 1950. IDF’s mission is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide. IDF is engaged in action to tackle diabetes from the local to the global level ― from programmes at community level to worldwide awareness and advocacy initiatives.

The International Diabetes Federation is divided into seven regions, with the aim of strengthening the work of national diabetes associations and enhancing the collaboration between them. IDF’s national diabetes associations are divided into the following regions: Africa (AFR),Europe (EUR),Middle East and North Africa (MENA), North America and Caribbean (NAC),South and Central America (SACA), South East Asia (SEA) and Western Pacific (WP).

The Federation’s activities aim to influence policy, increase public awareness and encourage health improvement, promote the exchange of high-quality information about diabetes, and provide education for people with diabetes and their healthcare providers. IDF is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations and is in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). 

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The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) was incorporated in 1950 under the Belgian law for international not for profit organisations of 27th June 1921 (AISBL). Its Articles of Association, last amended on 10th March 2015, provide the legally binding purpose of IDF, which is encapsulated in our Vision and developed in our Mission and Strategy.

Vision

Living in a world without diabetes

Mission

Promoting diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.

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The General Assembly is IDF's general guiding body. It normally meets every two years at the same time as the World Diabetes Congress, unless a special meeting is convened by the IDF President or the General Assembly itself.

The General Assembly determines the policies and activities of IDF and has the power to:

  • admit and terminate the Members of IDF; 
  • elect (from the potential candidates put forward by the Nominating Committee) and terminate the Board of Directors members ;
  • approve the election of Regional Chairs and Regional Chairs-Elect;
  • elect the Nominating Committee;
  • approve the changes to the Articles of Association and to the Standard Operating Procedures;
  • approve the budget and annual audited accounts;
  • appoint and terminate the auditors;
  • decide upon dissolution and liquidation of IDF.

The General Assembly is composed of the following persons, who are referred to as "Members of the General Assembly":

  • the members of the Board of Directors (President, President-Elect, Vice-Presidents and Regional Chairs)
  • Delegates of each Member

Observers, who have no voting rights, are invited to attend the General Assembly (for example, Honorary Presidents, Provisional Members or Committee Chairs).

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