Blue Monument Challenge: 300 and rising...

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California State Capitol, Sacramento CA

Nov 6, 2010

Over 300 monuments and buildings from more than 40 countries will be participating in this year's World Diabetes Day Blue Monument Challenge - Brazil currently leads the way with 38 lightings, followed by Argentina and Norway. The latest monuments to join the Challenge include:

- Pão de Açucar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- Norwegian Opera House, Oslo, Norway

- Teatro Muncipal, Bahia Blanca, Argentina

- Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol, Asunción, Paraguay

- Chichen Itza, Merida, Mexico

- Governor's Palace, Willemstad, Curaçao

- Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest, Romania

- Puerta de Alcala, Madrid, Spain

- Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim

- Spring sculpture, Jinan, China

- National Theatre, Beijing, China

- Black Mountain Tower, Canberra, Australia

- Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

- Signal Hill, St. John's, Canada

Please continue to send in your lighting confirmations to so that we can add them to our online list before 14 November.

Is your monument or building already in blue? Post your pictures in our Virtual Museum - - or Flickr group -


IDF to call the world into action on diabetes


IDF will be marking World Diabetes Day by launching its Call to Action on Diabetes. The Call to Action was developed following an expert meeting held in Brussels in September. It outlines the case for investment in diabetes to world leaders. Diabetes is not just a health issue - it is a development and equity issue, and one of the major global challenges of the 21st century. IDF's Call to Action signposts a framework for action for all stakeholders in a global coordinated response. It appeals to governments, business, the United Nations and international bodies, civil society, health professionals, researchers, philanthropic organisations and the general public to contribute to the fight against this global epidemic. It calls for strong leadership and partnerships at all levels of society. A global problem needs a global solution.

IDF is leading this mobilization for diabetes culminating in the people's summit - UN High-Level Summit Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September 2011. The Call to Action is the first activity from IDF's new programme - the Diabetes Roadmap to the UN Summit on NCDs - and will be a powerful tool to bring the global diabetes epidemic to the attention of world leaders, and guide and secure action, commitment, support and resources for diabetes. It will bring new inspiration and strength in our fight to tackle diabetes. IDF will use it as the basis for consultation with our member associations, to understand their priorities and needs for the UN Summit on NCDs.

The Call to Action brings four headline messages to the world from the global diabetes community:

- Diabetes is a major global threat to human security and prosperity

- The global failure to invest in diabetes has led to the current crisis

- The news is bad but we have the solutions

- Diabetes affects everyone and requires a collective response.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity with the UN Summit on NCDs in September 2011 to move the world from words to action on diabetes. Be part of that process with IDF and lend your support to the Call To Action on Diabetes on WDD. Disseminate and promote it in your region. Use the key messages within it to lobby support at all levels of society for diabetes. See where you fit in within the global movement to defeat diabetes. Join with us to say loud and clear on WDD that global neglect on diabetes is an outrage. Stand united behind this urgent call to action on diabetes.


Desafío Monumental Azul: 300 y seguimos contando...


Más de 300 monumentos y edificios en más de 40 países participarán este año en el Desafío Monumental Azul del Día Mundial de la Diabetes - Brasil está a la cabeza con 38 iluminaciones, seguido de Argentina y Noruega. Los últimos monumentos en sumarse a este desafío son:


- Pão de Açucar, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

- Teatro de la ópera, Oslo, Noruega

- Teatro Muncipal, Bahia Blanca, Argentina

- Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol, Asunción, Paraguay

- Chichen Itza, Merida, Mexico

- Palacio del Gobernador, Willemstad, Curasao

- Ateneo Rumano, Bucarest, Rumanía

- Cabildo de Asunción, Asunción, Paraguay

- Ayuntamiento, Berga, España

- Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim

- Escultura de la Primavera, Jinan, China

- Teatro Nacional, Beijing, China

- Torre de la Montaña Negra, Canberra, Australia

- Galería de Arte de Ontario, Toronto, Canadá

- Signal Hill, St. John's, Canadá

Por favor sigan enviando sus confirmaciones de iluminaciones a para que podamos incluirles en la lista en nuestra página web antes del 14 de noviembre. Su monumento o edificio ya está iluminado, incluya sus fotos en el Museo Virtual  - o grupo Flickr -


El camino hacia la Cumbre de Naciones Unidas


La FID marcará el Día Mundial de la Diabetes lanzando una llamada a la acción por la diabetes. La llamada a la acción fue desarrollada tras una reunión de expertos en Bruselas el pasado septiembre. Pretende destacar el tema de la inversión para la diabetes entre los líderes mundiales. La diabetes no es solamente un problema de salud - es un problema de desarrollo y renta, y uno de los principales desafíos mundiales del siglo XXI. La llamada a la acción de la FID muestra un marco para la acción a todas las partes interesadas para llevar a cabo una respuesta coordinada. Hace un llamamiento a gobernantes, empresarios, Naciones Unidas y cuerpos internacionales, sociedad civil, profesionales sanitarios, investigadores, organizaciones filantrópicas y al público general para que contribuyan en la lucha contra esta epidemia mundial. Requiere dirección y asociaciones en todos los niveles sociales. Un problema mundial que necesita una solución mundial.

La FID está liderando la movilización para la diabetes culminando en la cumbre para la gente - una Cumbre de Alto Nivel de Naciones Unidas sobre Enfermedades No Transmisibles (ENT) en septiembre 2011. La llamada a la acción es la primera actividad del nuevo programa de la FID - El Camino de la Diabetes hacia la Cumbre de la ONU sobre ENT - y será una buena herramienta  para atraer la atención de los líderes mundiales hacia la epidemia mundial de la diabetes, guiando y asegurándonos compromiso, apoyo y recursos para la diabetes. Traerá nueva inspiración y fuerza en la lucha contra la diabetes. La FID lo usará como base para realizar una consulta a sus asociaciones miembro, para entender sus prioridades y necesidades para la Cumbre de la ONU sobre ENT. 

La llamada a la acción presenta al mundo cuatro mensajes de la comunidad mundial de la diabetes: 

- La diabetes es una seria amenaza para la seguridad y prosperidad humana

- El fracaso mundial de invertir en diabetes nos ha llevado a la actual crisis

- Las noticias son malas pero tenemos las soluciones

- La diabetes puede afectar a cualquiera y requiere una respuesta colectiva.

Tenemos una oportunidad única en una generación con la cumbre de Naciones Unidas sobre ENT en septiembre de 2011 para poner al mundo en movimiento, de las palabras a la acción por la diabetes. Involúcrese en este movimiento con la FID y muestre su apoyo a esta llamada a la acción por el DMD. Difunda y promocione esto en su región. Mantengámonos unidos tras esta urgente llamada a la acción por la diabetes.


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