Protecting our children worldwide: the first UN-observed World Diabetes Day

Diabetes is finally emerging from the shadows thanks largely to the recent adoption by the UN General Assembly of a landmark Resolution on diabetes. This Resolution, which recognizes the severity of diabetes and encourages Member States to develop national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes, is closely linked to the UN Millennium Development Goals. One of the UN’s targets for 2015, Millennium Goal number 4, is to reduce child mortality worldwide. A key aim of the current World Diabetes Day campaign is to contribute to the achievement of this goal by focusing attention on the plight of children with diabetes around the world. The authors set the scene for this global campaign and report on IDF’s initiative to exploit the opportunities for awareness-raising that are presented by the historic developments at the UN.
World Diabetes Day, UN Resolution, children, young people, adolescents