Welcome to the Autumn issue of Diabetes Voice. In this issue we continue our focus on the need for action to reverse the accelerating development of type 2 diabetes and obesity, with regions as far apart as Scandinavia and East Africa describing current activity with this goal. It is perhaps not surprising that despite major differences in language, lifestyles and per capita spending on healthcare, many of the problems – and their potential solutions – are shared. Recognition of the importance of the public health message and the involvement of agencies outside healthcare, particularly political and educational bodies, are common to both efforts. Meanwhile, in an uplifting report from Italy, we see the beginnings of the benefits that can be achieved by such interventions. It is a testament to IDF and its goals that we can bring all these efforts into one publication in order for us all to learn from each other – surely the goal of the Federation and its Voice!