J Korean Diabetes.  2012 Sep;13(3):111-114.

The History and Meaning of World Diabetes Day

  • 1Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Bucheon St. Mary's Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Bucheon, Korea. kimsungrae@catholic.ac.kr


In 1991, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined hands with the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to establish World Diabetes Day. The purpose of this day is to increase awareness of diabetes worldwide. In December 2006, the United Nations (UN) adopted resolution 61/225, establishing World Diabetes Day as an internationally observed event, and all the countries of the world have increased their efforts in the prevention, management, treatment and sustaining healthcare system. The blue circle was developed originally for the campaign associated with the UN Resolution on diabetes. The circle symbolizes life, health and unity. The blue border of the circle represents the color of the sky and the flag of the United Nations. World Diabetes Day is on the 14th of November in memory of the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting, and has been held every year since 2007.


World Health Organization; United Nations

MeSH Terms

Delivery of Health Care
United Nations
World Health Organization


  • Fig. 1 Blue circle.

  • Fig. 2 The Blue Lighting Ceremony photographs to celebrate World Diabetes Day.

  • Fig. 3 The Blue Lighting Ceremony was held on 14 Nov. 2010 in the National Assembly Building.

  • Fig. 4 The photograph of Blue Lighting Ceremony on 14 Nov. 2011 in the Jantonggyo.


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2. Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs. Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Fourth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES V-1) 2010. 2010. Seoul: Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;57–58.
3. International Diabetes Federation. Blue circle [Internet]. 2011. cited 2011, November 14. Brussels: International Diabetes Federation;Available from: http://www.idf.org/bluecircle.
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