Diabetes - the global picture: the world’s greatest public health challenge

Published on May 22, 2013   34 min

Other Talks in the Series: Diabetes in Perspective

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I'm Paul Zimmet, Director Emeritus, the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne, Australia. I'm an honorary president of the International Diabetes Federation. And the topic I wish discuss is Diabetes-- The Global Picture, The World's Greatest Public Health Challenge.
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In the year 2006, the United Nations recognized diabetes as one of the biggest public health challenges internationally. Ban Ki-Moon, the United Nations Secretary General has stated, "Diabetes is a public health emergency in slow motion."
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In the year 2006, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution unanimously declaring diabetes as an international health issue. This is probably the first time there's ever been any unanimity at the General Assembly, in terms of a resolution.
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Last year, in fact, in September 2011, the United Nations held a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of communicable diseases. At that meeting, the United Nations launched a global campaign to curb the death toll from non-communicable diseases.
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