IDF call to action for the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs 2018


The Third UN High Level Meeting (HLM) on NCDs took place on September 27, 2018, in New York. The HLM 2018 was the most important political meeting on diabetes and other NCDs to be held since 2014, and IDF developed intensive advocacy efforts in the months that preceded it. 

Background to the Campaign

Despite global political commitments, many countries are off track to meet their targets. This means that the number of people with diabetes will continue to rise unabated. Without concerted action, IDF estimates that 100 million more people (522 million) will have diabetes by 2030 compared with 2017. For real change to happen at the national level, political action on diabetes is key. Action at a national level is required now to protect the current and future generations from the impact of diabetes!

IDF's Requests to Policymakers

Ahead of the meeting, IDF had demanded greater action at the national level to:

  • Heighten focus on prevention to achieve a 0% increase in diabetes prevalence by 2025.
  • Boost investment to ensure 80% access to essential medicines and devices by 2025 and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2030.
  • Educate to achieve a 30% reduction in diabetes-related premature mortality by 2030.
  • Listen to the priorities of people with diabetes and defend their rights.
IDF's statement on the Political DeclarationIDFs response to the 3rd UN HLM on NCDs Political Declaration pages 1 1

Attended by Heads of State and Ministers of Health from around the world, the HLM 2018 evaluated the global and national progress that governments had made since the previous meeting in 2014 towards achieving the NCD-related targets included within the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These include achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and reducing by one third premature deaths from NCDs by 2030. The meeting resulted in a Political Declaration (available in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic) outlining the way forward in combating NCDs.

Although IDF welcomed several aspects of the Political Declaration, we also regretted some notable omissions. You can read IDF's preliminary statement to the Political Declaration in English, French and Spanish.

On the last quarter of 2018, IDF developed an in-depth response to the Third UN HLM Political Declaration. Click on the picture on the right to download the report in English:

Campaign Resources

Ahead of the campaign, IDF developed a number of resources to help support national advocacy campaigns:

  • Advocacy toolkit
  • Template documents to be tailored according to national realities. These  include an editable letter explaining the IDF call to action that can be sent to relevant policymakers 
  • 2-page summary of all the actions that can be taken at the global and national level.
HLM toolkit   2 pager   Call to action   Letter policymakers   Annexes
 Diabetes Advocacy
IDF HLM 2018
IDF HLM 2018
Call to Action
Editable letter 
for policy makers
IDF HLM 2018
Toolkit Annexes

IDF's HLM selfie campaign #HLM2018

Thanks to the support of its BCV and YLD network members, IDF developed a selfie campaign to ensure the priorities of people living with diabetes are heard.

Find below some of the selfies supporting the IDF campaign, and click here for the full photo album.

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