UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases
2011 was a turning point for diabetes. On 19 and 20 September of that year, the United Nations held a High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York. A milestone in the history of global health, the Summit was only the second time the UN General Assembly devoted exclusive attention to a health-related issue.
The most significant outcome of the Summit was the unanimous adoption of the Political Declaration on NCD Prevention and Control, a document that position diabetes and NCDs at the top of the global health and development agenda.
In the run-up to the Summit, the International Diabetes Federation launched a powerful campaign together with the Non-Communicable Disease Alliance, or NCD Alliance.
Uniting a network of of over 2,000 civil society organizations in more than 170 countries, the NCD Alliance worked closely with NGOs and civil society to advocate for the issues related to the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases held in September 2011 in New York.
As part of this work, IDF played a critical role in developing the NCD Alliance UN Outcomes Statement. The Statement served as a reference document for the United Nations to draft the official UN Outcome Statement that was unanimously adopted at the UN Summit by 193 Member States.
Key milestones in the run-up to the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases included: