Parliamentarians Take Up Global Diabetes Challenge with the “Melbourne Declaration”

Members of more than 50 Parliaments have committed themselves to tackling the global challenge posed by the surging worldwide diabetes pandemic.

The Parliamentarians released the Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes at the World Diabetes Congress of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in Melbourne, Australia today.

The Declaration was agreed at the first-ever Parliamentary Champions For Diabetes Forum held in Melbourne earlier this week. The Declaration has established the Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network. The Parliamentarians decided to act in light of new International Diabetes Federation (IDF) data estimating that by 2035 there will be 600 million people with diabetes, about one in ten of the world’s population, and a further 450 million at risk of developing the disease.

The Declaration acknowledges the increasingly serious social, economic and medical threat faced by nations large and small by the increasing diabetes pandemic.

The signatories have committed themselves to working across Parliaments to ensure that diabetes is high on the political agenda in every country. They want to see more preventative work, and then early diagnosis, management and access to adequate care, treatment and medicines is available for all those living with diabetes.

Welcoming the Declaration, the President of the International Diabetes Federation Sir Michael Hirst said “This is an important moment in the political battle to ensure that governments understand the threat the world faces from diabetes. This is a global challenge requiring a global response. The Melbourne Declaration provides our parliamentary supporters with the tools to raise the issue in every country across the world and press for change”.

The Hon. Judi Moylan is the Global Coordinator of the Parliamentarians for Diabetes Global Network with British MP Adrian Sanders as President. Simon Busuttil, Malta’s opposition leader and Dr Rachel Nyamai MP from Kenya are Vice-Presidents. Sir Michael Hirst, President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and Guy Barnett, a former Australian Senator and Co-Chairs of the Forum are ex-officio members of the Executive Committee.

Download the Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes.

Notes for editors:

Diabetes is a major threat to the health and productivity of all nations. Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, amputations, kidney failure, heart attacks and stroke, and early death. Disadvantaged people in every country carry the greatest burden and indigenous communities are especially vulnerable.

However, there are solutions for managing and preventing the diabetes pandemic and we need to embrace them now.

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is the global advocate for the more than 382 million people with diabetes worldwide as well as their families and healthcare providers. IDF is a non-governmental organisation of over 200 member associations in more than 160 countries in official relations with the World Health Organization and is associated with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. The mission of the International Diabetes Federation is to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure worldwide.