The United Nations General Assembly today passed a landmark Resolution recognising the global threat of the diabetes epidemic.
For the first time, governments have acknowledged that a non-infectious condition poses as serious a threat to world health as infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Diabetes UK joined forces with over 150 other diabetes related organisations throughout the world to back the International Diabetes Federations (IDF) Unite for Diabetes campaign.
The Resolution draws attention to the seriousness of diabetes and encourages action to fight the epidemic.
"Today a key battle has been won in the fight against diabetes, said Professor Martin Silink, IDF President and Chair of the campaign.
"The significance is monumental. The struggle will now focus on helping and encouraging governments worldwide to develop national policies to improve diabetes care and prevention. I couldn't think of a better gift for the millions of families affected by diabetes."
Douglas Smallwood also commented, “Diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate and the cost to both individuals and the healthcare system is huge. As is too often the case, it is the poorest who are being hit hardest.
"Diabetes UK is delighted that the UN has recognised that diabetes is a serious condition that has reached epidemic proportions and that urgent action needs to be taken to halt the increase, both here and globally.”