World Diabetes Day is Nov. 14, and became officially recognized by the United Nations in 2007 with the passing of a resolution. Diabetes is the only non-communicable disease to be recognized in this manner.
The United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 61/225 on Dec. 20, 2006.
“This landmark Resolution recognizes diabetes as a chronic, debilitating and costly disease associated with major complications that pose severe risks for families, countries and the entire world,” the resolution states. “It designates 14 November, the current World Diabetes Day, as a United Nations Day to be observed every year beginning in 2007.”