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UN Passes Diabetes Resolution

The year 2000 can be considered a momentous year for diabetics worldwide. On December 21, 2006, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly passed a landmark Resolution recognizing the global threat of the diabetes epidemic. The Resolution is a first for a non-infectious disease, signaling the acknowledgement of governments worldwide that a non-infectious disease poses a serious threat to world health as infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the Unite for Diabetes campaign aimed to draw attention to, the seriousness of diabetes and encourage action to fight the epidemic. The campaign ultimately aimed for a UN Resolution.

“Today a key battle has been won in the fight against diabetes. The significance is monumental. It will inspire, energize and empower the diabetes world,” said Martin Silink, IDF President and chair of the Unite for Diabetes campaign. “The struggle will now focus on helping and encouraging governments worldwide to develop national policies to improve diabetes care and prevention”, he added.

The Unite for Diabetes campaign is composed of the largest ever diabetes coalition, including patient organizations from over 150 countries, scientific and professional diabetes societies worldwide, charitable institutions, service organizations and industries.

The passing of the Resolution designates World Diabetes Day, November 14th, as a United Nations Day to be observed every year starting in 2007. It also calls on all UN member states to observe the 4 day and on all nations to develop f national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes.

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