On 13 May 2010, the United Nations General Assembly voted unanimously for UN Resolution 64/265 to hold a UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) on 19-20 September 2011. The Summit is a major opportunity to put diabetes and other NCDs on the global health and development agenda. It has the potential to secure commitments from Heads of Government for a coordinated global response to NCDs, substantially increase resources for NCDs and save millions from premature death and debilitating health complications. A similar Summit on HIV/AIDS in 2001 proved a turning point for that disease.
In the lead up to the Summit, IDF will play a prominent role at two levels. First, by playing a leadership role in the NCD Alliance to drive a programme of work which will include;
- A global consultation process to finalise a package of NCD key asks and priority interventions.
- A global price tag to implement these interventions.
- An advocacy strategy that will ensure these key asks and interventions are followed up through a strong outcomes statement by UN Heads of State at the NCD Summit.
Second, IDF will mobilise the global diabetes community to scope a programme of diabetes specific advocacy and technical work to feed into and complement the umbrella NCD platform.
The Diabetes Roadmap outlines IDF's key objectives and deliverables for the UN Summit on NCDs. The global diabetes community needs to mount a visible and coherent campaign to ensure diabetes needs and priorities get onto the global agenda of the UN Summit. IDF has the legitimacy and the capacity to lead such a movement for the UN Summit and drive strong outcomes for diabetes.