In recent years, many individuals and organizations have shown their support by seeking local, national and regional proclamations that encourage action to mark World Diabetes Day and promote key issues. Political representatives around the world have responded by issuing official statements on World Diabetes Day.
Why not approach your local governmental representative for an official message of support? An official signing provides and ideal opportunity to support the official lighting of a local monument and other awareness-raising activities in your area.
The theme of Diabetes Education and Prevention is a broad one and we recognize that needs vary extensively at local, national and regional levels. We would encourage any one seeking political action for World Diabetes Day to first flag your local need - do you need diabetes educators? Do you need education programmes? Do you need type 2 prevention programmes to reach target populations? Do you need more funding into diabetes care and treatment? or do you need politicians to recognize the global diabetes epidemic and its devastating effects locally? Whatever your need, please include it in your request to your political official.
Aspirational Goals for the 2009-2013 World Diabetes Day campaign
- Every government should implement effective strategies and policies for the prevention and management of diabetes.
- Every person with diabetes should receive education to help them manage their diabetes better.
- Everyone should know the diabetes warning signs, how to prevent or delay the complications of diabetes and how to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.
- Every country should celebrate World Diabetes Day
United Nations Resolution 61/225: "World Diabetes Day" - available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) led the Unite for Diabetes campaign in 2006 which led to the passage of the UN Resolution on diabetes on the 20 December 2006. The landmark Resolution made the existing World Diabetes Day an official United Nations Day and recognized diabetes as "a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with major complications that pose severe risks for families, countries and the entire world."
Joint Statement on Non-Communicable Diseases (ECOSOC) - available in Chinese, English, Portuguese and Spanish.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and the World Heart Federation (WHF) called today on the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to take immediate action to avert the fastest growing threat by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to global health.
Joint Statement on Non-Communicable Diseases (World Health Assembly) - available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew,Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF), International Union
Against Cancer (UICC) and World Heart Federation (WHF) issued a joint statement that calls on the international community to address urgently the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), responsible for 35 million deaths a year. The statement demands a substantial increase in funding for NCDs and greater availability of essential medicines, among other urgent responses, in a way to accelerate achievement of the health Millennium Development Goals.
Commonwealth of Independent States Agreement on Diabetes – English
The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is a regional organization of countries of the former Soviet Republic. This Agreement on Diabetes was signed by the Heads of Governments of eight countries on World Diabetes Day 2008.
US House of Representatives Resolution on Diabetes - Res 211 in English
In the United States in 2007, a bi-partisan House Resolution introduced by U.S. Congress Representatives Donald Payne (Democrat) and Donald Manzullo (Republican) supporting the goals and ideals of World Diabetes Day was passed.
World Diabetes Day book - examples of Proclamations and Resolutions from the 2007-2008 campaign
In 2007-2008, the International Diabetes Federation asked for proclamations to celebrate World Diabetes Day becomng an official United Nations Day. IDF collected those statements, proclamations and resolutions in the official World Diabetes Day book. These can serve as good examples for drafting your own political statements.