WHO Regional Committee meetings 2014
Three of the WHO Regions have already held their annual Regional Committee meetings: South-East Asia (Dhaka, September 9-12), Europe (Copenhagen, September 15-18) and the Americas (Washington D.C., September 29 -October 3). One of the major outcomes from these meetings was the adoption by the WHO Europe office of the European Food and Nutrition Action Plan 2015-2020, with the objective to reduce the burden of preventable diet-related NCDs. The Regional Committee meetings of the Western Pacific and the Mediterranean Region will take place in October and the WHO Regional Committe for Africa will meet in November. IDF will continue to be represented by members of its Board and Member Associations.
UN General Assembly
The 69th UN General Assembly took place in the UN headquarters in New York from September 21-26. NCDs were not included in the agenda as the UN NCD Review, was advanced to July. However, the NCD community had the chance to engage in a fruitful discussion during the NCD Alliance side event ‘A Healthy Future for All: Investing in Early Years for NCDs and Post-2015’. Panellists included Kristal Boyea, Vice President of IDF Young Leaders in Diabetes, who called for universal access to medication and highlighted the need to “empower young people in the fight against NCDs”.
Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2)
ICN2, the first high-level ministerial conference on nutrition of the century, will take place in Rome from November 19-21. An Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) of Member States met in September and agreed by consensus on a final Rome Declaration draft that will be adopted during the conference. The OEWG will meet again in October to finalise the work on the Framework for Action. IDF is closely following all the ICN2 preparations to ensure all forms of malnutrition are taken into account during the conference and in the outcome documents.
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) policy brief
Many people with diabetes around the world, face inequality in terms of access to essential medicines and access to healthcare services on a daily basis. These factors and more play a role on health outcomes. To minimise disparities in the years to come, UHC must be included as a health enabler in the post-2015 development agenda. To help advance the upcoming discussions on UHC, the NCD Alliance has launched a policy brief including facts, figures and case studies on diabetes. IDF will continue its fight for UHC, so that no individual or family faces poverty as a result of paying for health services.
IDF Global Diabetes Scorecard and Diabetes Storybook
Under the slogan ‘Act today, to change tomorrow’, IDF launched its first interactive online campaign to mark the release of the Global Diabetes Scorecard and the Diabetes Storybook. The development of these two powerful advocacy tools has been possible thanks to the support of IDF’s Member Associations and Young Leaders in Diabetes. Once again, we invite you to share the Scorecard and the Storybook with your network using IDF’s and your own social media channels.