So let's get to it....
This CALL TO ACTION focuses on 3 areas:
1) IMPROVE health outcomes of people with diabetes.
2) PREVENT the development of type 2 diabetes.
3) STOP discrimination against people with diabetes.
In September, 2011 the diabetes community will have a ONCE IN A GENERATION opportunity to appeal our case in front of worldwide leaders during the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD's.) before the opening of the main UN General Assembly Session. The UN Summit on NCD's has the potential to secure commitment from Heads of Government for a coordinated global response to NCD's, substantially increase financial resources, and save millions of people from premature death and debilitating health complications. (NCD's include the following: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease.)
For a tangible reference, please consider that The HIV/AIDS Special Session held in 2001 resulted in a Heads of State Declaration of Commitment that paved the way for an urgent international response. It also lead the way to a Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. It was, most definitely, a turning point in the epidemic.
Act on Diabetes. NOW.