IDF Europe - Advocacy

The diabetes epidemic has been widely ignored for too long. This is why strong advocacy is essential to push for political action and reverse the diabetes epidemic in Europe and worldwide.

Advocacy is an on-going process to bring about change in attitudes, actions, policies and laws through influencing political leaders, decision-makers or organizations with power.

At European level, the main advocacy targets of IDF Europe are the EU Institutions (European Parliament and European Commission), the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization European Region. At national level, the Federation acts as a bridge for its Members by informing them on the latest policy developments Europe-wide.

The legal basis for our advocacy work is laid out in the EU Public Health Action Programme (2008-2013).

IDF Europe carries out its advocacy activities through working on policy issues dealt with at European level, by taking part in EU-funded projects on diabetes, and by supporting IDF advocacy campaigns.

Most importantly, IDF Europe has established a series of partnerships at European level. These partnerships are a vital part of our advocacy work, as they greatly contribute to our mission to promote diabetes care, prevention and a cure.

Below, you will find a list of IDF Europe advocacy partners:

Partners in diabetes advocacy


Partners in health advocacy


EU-led initiatives

EUROPEAN ELECTION 2014: in the runup to the 2014 European elections, IDF Europe presented information to help better understand what was at stake and to support advocacy activities at a crucial time for the European Union. To find out more, please click here.

Advocacy and Communications Toolkit

To mark the first anniversary of the UN High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD's), held 19-20 September 2011, and the unanimous adoption of the Political Declaration on NCDs by 193 Member States - a milestone in global health history - IDF Europe has developed an Advocacy and Communications Toolkit to support diabetes stakeholders in their advocacy work.
Click here for more information and to download the toolkit.