The Global Diabetes Forum: driving multisectoral partnerships for diabetes

Just three months after the UN High-Level Meeting on Non- Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York and the adoption of the first ever UN Political Declaration on NCDs, IDF convened over 15,000 of the diabetes and global health community at the World Diabetes Congress in Dubai. In order to maximize this sequence of events, IDF held a unique event immediately prior to the official opening of the Congress. The Global Diabetes Forum brought together a highprofile audience to build on the political momentum from New York, explore the implications of multi-sectoral and whole-of-society approaches that lie at the heart of the Political Declaration, and begin to define the partnerships required to drive change for the 366 million people with diabetes worldwide.