When does World Diabetes Day take place?

World Diabetes Day takes place on 14 November every year. The date was chosen because it marks the birthday of Frederick Banting, who, along with Charles Best, is credited with the discovery of insulin in 1921.

United Nations World Day

World Diabetes Day is now an official United Nations World Health Day. On 20 December 2006, the UN General Assembly passed resolution 61/225, which designated the existing World Diabetes Day as an official world day beginning in 2007. This landmark resolution also recognized diabetes as “a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with major complications that pose severe risks for families, countries and the entire world.

Where does it take place?

World Diabetes Day is celebrated worldwide. It brings together millions of people in over 160 countries to raise awareness of diabetes, including children and adults affected by diabetes, politicians, healthcare professionals, healthcare decision-makers and the media. Numerous local and national events are organised by the member associations of the International Diabetes Federation of which Diabetes Australia is one.

In Victoria in 2014, we are holding events for stakeholders, partners and consumers

  • Lighting up the Yarra Building at Federation Square, Melbourne in blue at 8pm 13 November, the eve of World Diabetes Day. Find out more
  • Presenting the Diabetes Australia Research Program’s Millennium Grant and 20 seeding grants to diabetes researchers for their projects for the coming year.
  • Celebrating Diabetes Australia's Walk to Work campaign, coinciding with World Diabetes Day. There will be various pit stops throughout Melbourne CBD including: Parliament House, Southbank Pedestrian Footbridge and outside Flinders Street and Melbourne Central train stations. Find out more about this campaign.

For more information and resources to support WDD events visit www.worlddiabetesday.org


Our pick of other World Diabetes Day initiatives

Walk to Work 2014

walk to work banner

Walk to Work is an annual event that encourages Australian employees and employers to incorporate regular walking into their daily routine. During Oct/Nov we encourage you to register either as an individual or team www.walk.com.au

Walk to Work culminates with a healthy breakfast (see below) held on WDD - 14 Nov.

Healthy Eating Begins with Breakfast

Host a healthy breakfast activity on Nov 14 to celebrate WDD. The breakfast can be held at your workplace, in the local community, anywhere that's convenient! Ask all guests to wear blue - you can access a selection of   blue    branded materials here

These breakfast activities are being held to highlight the importance of eating healthy to help prevent type 2 diabetes and avoid the serious complications of diabetes. Ask your breakfast guests to make a gold coin donation to WDD in exchange for the delicious, healthy fare you'll be supplying! Go blue for breakfast

Blue Circle Selfie

The International Diabetes Federation have developed a WDD selfie app to promote the blue circle as the global symbol for diabetes.

For those who don’t know, a selfie is a self-portrait photograph (but you can also take a group picture), typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone and shared on social networks.

How to use the app:

  • Download it for IOS (Apple) or Android here
  • Take a selfie
  • Move the blue circle around your face or be creative (see examples below)
  • Share your picture online with your friends and add a personal message to it

This tool is very easy to use and we hope it will help to further raise diabetes awareness on social media. All selfies submitted will also be featured on the WDD website and social media pages.