The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) plays a key role in shaping the global health agenda to improve the lives of people with diabetes and those at risk. Click on the blocks below to learn about some of the advocacy milestones that IDF has contributed to over the last 30 years.
World Diabetes Day is established by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. It is marked every year on November 14, the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin in 1921.
World Diabetes Day is the world’s largest diabetes awareness campaign reaching a global audience of over 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public and political spotlight.
The United Nations passes UN Resolution 61/225 "World Diabetes Day" – the first UN Resolution for a non-communicable disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) adopts the overarching goal of a 25% reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025 and nine voluntary targets on NCDs. These include 0% increase in diabetes and obesity prevalence and 80% access to essential medicines and devices by 2025.
The secondUN High Level Meeting on NCDs is held to assess the progress made by Member States in tackling NCDs. The Outcome Document includes four time-bound commitments:
Setting national NCD targets for 2025 by 2015
Considering the development of national multisectoral policies and plans to achieve the 2025 national targets by 2015
Reducing risk factors for NCDs by 2016
Considering the strengthening of health systems to address NCDs through people-centred primary health care and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) by 2016.
The Third UN High Level Meeting (HLM) on NCDs is held to assess Member States progress on achieving their international NCD commitments. IDF launches a call to action requesting governments to honour their 2011 commitments.