The role of research after the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs

The new Diabetes Atlas, published recently by the IDF, confirms that the diabetes epidemic continues to worsen.
The UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs shows that world leaders are finally facing up to the challenge posed by diabetes, as well as cancer and heart and lung disease. It is only the second UN summit to deal with a health-related issue and, as with the ground-breaking General Assembly Special Session on HIV/ AIDS in 2001, we are expecting international political leaders to sign up to commitments, concrete actions and measurable targets to tackle NCDs. But what happens afterwards in terms of global research efforts to put a stop to the diabetes epidemic?