Urge President Obama to Attend September’s UN Summit

More A Sweet Life Aug 5, 2011, 1:58 pm

Less than two months from now — September 19-20 — heads of government will convene at the first-ever United Nations High-Level Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Diabetes is one of four non-communicable diseases (cancer, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease are the other three) that threaten the world’s health, prosperity, economic development and progress — yes, including that of the U.S.

World leaders will assess the costs of NCDs both to our health and global economy — and commit to actions to contain both. According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) — a global advocacy organization for diabetes care, prevention and a cure — cost-effective solutions exist now. And now is the time political leadership must champion them. Now, or it will be too late. President Obama has not yet decided whether to attend the Summit.

This is a potential turning point for diabetes — and for those who live with it. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to halt diabetes: a disease that is killing and disabling millions of people here at home and around the world, impoverishing millions of families and undermining economic progress. This is an opportunity to prevent diabetes’ continued rise, and to improve care, treatment, education and resources for you and your family, people far and wide, rich and poor.

First lady Michele Obama is also being lobbied as keynote speaker for the Summit. Through her mission to eradicate childhood obe

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