In response to the concerns about the escalating health danger faced by diabetes, World Diabetes Day (WDD) was founded in 1991 by the IDF and the World Health Organisation. In 2006, with the passing of United Nations Resolution 61/225, World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day. It marks the birthday of Sir Frederick Banting, who co-discovered insulin along with Charles Best in 1922, on 14 November every year.
WDD is the largest awareness initiative for diabetes in the world, targeting a worldwide population of more than 1 billion people in more than 160 countries. The campaign reflects on issues of paramount relevance to the field of diabetes and holds diabetes squarely in the public and political spotlight.
The initiative for World Diabetes Day seeks to be a forum to promote IDF awareness activities across the year, and a global driver to foster the value of organised and sustained action to solve diabetes as a vital global health problem.
The movement is portrayed by the logo of the blue circle, which was introduced in 2007 following the passing of the UN Diabetes Resolution. The global icon for diabetes awareness is the blue circle. In response to the diabetes crisis, it signifies the unity of the global diabetes community.
The World Diabetes Day initiative relies on a dedicated theme every year, which lasts for one or two years. The focus is The Nurse and Diabetes for World Diabetes Day 2020. In the second quarter of 2020, messaging and materials will start to be made available.