Breaking down barriers and living your dreams ... with diabetes

João Valente Nabais, President of the IDF European Region and development lead for the Living with Diabetes Stream, is passionate about the 2013 Melbourne programme. Living with type 1 diabetes since 1981, João has been an active diabetes advocate ever since his youth. This year, LWD delivers a unique opportunity for people to become inspired and work on realising dreams.

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 World Diabetes Congress in Dubai: a personal view

Dubai’s promotional tagline, ‘the meeting place of the world’, rang true last December, when more than 15,000 participants gathered there for the World Congress, making it the most successful Congress ever organized by IDF – and not only in terms of the number of people attending: net revenues from Dubai broke all records. But these impressive figures tell only a part of the story of an historic event that capped a stellar year for diabetes. In this report, Sir Michael Hirst offers his unique view, as both IDF President Elect and a person affected by diabetes, of the Dubai Congress.

The Middle East and North Africa Diabetes Leadership Forum

In December 2010, key stakeholders, leaders and highprofile speakers gathered in Dubai to discuss the overwhelming human and financial burden imposed on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by diabetes. The MENA Diabetes Leadership Forum, sponsored by Novo Nordisk and supported by IDF, was a high-level advocacy meeting aimed at confronting the diabetes epidemic in the region and exploring and sharing ways to tackle the issue at the highest level. The Forum was the fifth in a series of such meetings, with previous events in the USA, Russia, China and South Africa.

One Year to the UN's NCDs : IDF's roadmap

The countdown to the UN Summit on NC Ds has begun. With exactly one year to go, IDF launched the Diabetes Roadmap for the UN High-Level Summit on NCDs, which will ensure that this once-in-ageneration global platform moves the world from rhetoric to action on diabetes. Ann Keeling reports.

Diabetes goes global at IDF's mega-congress in Montreal

This year marked the 20th meeting of the IDF World Diabetes Congress, which was held in Montreal, Canada, in October. The five-day congress brought thousands of international delegates to the Canadian city to discuss burning issues in diabetes care and examine local, national and regional solutions to a growing global problem.

Here's to celebrations

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The St Vincent Declaration 20 years on - defeating diabetes in the 21st century

One of the founders of the St Vincent movement, Michiel Krans, recently described the transformation in widely held perceptions of the role of people with diabetes during the years preceding the St Vincent Declaration in 1989.

Diabetes UK after 75 years - the way forward for a lasting association

Diabetes UK has come a long way. Since its humble beginnings in London in the early 20th century, when a handful of people with diabetes and medical professionals met in HG Wells’ London apartment, Diabetes UK has grown into a countrywide organization that is active in a range of fields, including advocacy for the rights of people with diabetes, scientific research, and public awareness-raising. In 2009, Diabetes UK, a key member association of the International Diabetes Federation, will celebrate its 75th anniversary at a national conference in Glasgow, UK.

Meeting of the ways

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