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World Diabetes Day 2012 - Diabetes: protect our future

The World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign marks the fourth year of the five-year focus on “Diabetes education and prevention.”

The slogan chosen for the campaign is: DIABETES: PROTECT OUR FUTURE

Following the United Nations Summit on NCDs in 2011, there is an urgent need to continue and strengthen the momentum generated by the event and widen the awareness of the factors responsible for the global diabetes and NCD epidemic and the solutions that are required to counter it. It is important to appeal to the hearts of concerned individuals and the general public to achieve these goals.

The World Diabetes Day 2012 campaign will link the urgent need for action to the protection of the health of our future generations. Particular focus will be placed on highlighting the importance of education - for health professionals, people with diabetes and people at risk – in reducing the impact of diabetes throughout the world.

The campaign aims to EDUCATE, ENGAGE and EMPOWER youth and the general public on diabetes.
About World Diabetes Day

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14.

The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses.

World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight.

World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Diabetes Federation each year to address issues facing the global diabetes community. While the themed campaigns last the whole year, the day itself is celebrated on November 14, to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who, along with Charles Best, first conceived the idea which led to the discovery of insulin in 1922.

The World Diabetes Day logo is the blue circle - the global symbol for diabetes which was developed as part of the Unite for Diabetes awareness campaign.
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