Diabetes is a global problem. More than 230 million people live with diabetes. If nothing is done, this figure will exceed 350 million within a generation and undermine the benefits of improved standards of living worldwide.
To combat this rising problem, the International Diabetes Federation has launched a campaign to obtain a United Nations Resolution on Diabetes.
To show support for a Resolution on Diabetes an online petition has been launched and can be found atwww.unitefordiabetes.org/.
By signing this petitionmember states of the United Nations are being asked to vote in support of a UN Resolution on diabetes and acknowledge the seriousness of the global epidemic by:
- recognising the urgent need for multilateral efforts to promote and improve human health
- developing national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes
- designating 14 November as World Diabetes Day to be observed officially by the United Nations beginning 2007.
“We hope that as many people as possible will sign up to this petition to show their support,” said Douglas Smallwood, Chief Executive, Diabetes UK.
“Diabetes UK is pleased to play a part in this global movement to recognise the risk that diabetes poses to the health of the world.”