Diabetes is one of the major health and development challenges of the 21st century. No country, rich or poor, is immune to the epidemic. It is a chronic, incurable, costly, and increasing but largely preventable Non-communicable Disease (NCD) which is responsible for millions of deaths annually, debilitating complications, and incalculable human misery. Despite the size and toll of the diabetes epidemic, until recently diabetes and related NCDs have been marginalised on the global health and development agenda.
As the legitimate global voice for people with diabetes, we are working to change this ‘diabetes paradox.’ Through coordinated advocacy at the global level and at the national level through our member associations, we are working to make change for the millions of people living with diabetes.
We are building on the success of the 2006 United Nations Resolution 61/225 on Diabetes, and the 2011 United Nations High-Level Summit on NCDs, and aim to see diabetes and NCDs included in the future global development agenda.