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Letter from IDF
(To whom it may concern)

On behalf of the International Diabetes Federation, we are writing to seek the support of your organization in controlling the diabetes epidemic by observing World Diabetes Day on November 14. Diabetes now affects over 300 million people worldwide, and is set to affect close to half a billion people within 20 years.

World Diabetes Day was established as a United Nations World Health Day by UN Resolution 61/225. The Resolution invites:

“All Member States, relevant organizations of the United Nations system and other international organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and the private sector, to observe World Diabetes Day in an appropriate manner, in order to raise public awareness of diabetes and related complications, as well as its prevention and care, including through education and the mass media.”

On behalf of all people affected by diabetes, we urge you to take up this invitation.

World Diabetes Day forms part of a wider effort, led by the International Diabetes Federation and its sister federations in heart, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease, to bring diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to the world stage and ensure that they are recognized as a global health emergency and a leading threat to human health and development. The United Nations General Assembly recently voted in favour of a UN Resolution calling for a UN Summit on NCDs involving Heads of State, to take place in September 2011. The Summit is a first step in ensuring that world leaders make the prevention and treatment of NCDs an urgent priority both globally and nationally. Active engagement from all sectors of society is now required to make sure that the Summit is a success.

On World Diabetes Day, iconic buildings and monuments around the globe light up in blue to raise awareness of diabetes. Blue is the colour of the diabetes circle, the global symbol for the disease. The full list of monuments that participated last year is attached.

We encourage you to draw attention to the need for increased efforts to understand and control diabetes and other NCDs through education and prevention and request kindly that you light up a significant civic building or well-known local landmark in support of World Diabetes Day 2010.

On November 14, World Diabetes Day unites the global diabetes community to produce a powerful voice for diabetes awareness. We hope that you will join us this year so that we can promote your town or city as a leading light in the fight to take control of the epidemic.

We look forward to your reply.




Prof Jean Claude Mbanya                                Sir Michael Hirst
President                                                      President-Elect
International Diabetes Federation                               International Diabetes Federation