To say this year has been an unusual one would be an understatement.
COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way we communicate, the way we
engage with one another, and the way we work. While it may not be the
form of interaction which we are comfortable with, virtual meetings
and digital tools have allowed us to maintain some degree of normalcy.
This has pushed us, like many others, to embrace a more digital
approach. The result? This first step, among many more to come: taking
the fast lane to delivering a refreshed Cities Changing Diabetes website.
This launch is also an opportunity for us to celebrate six
successful years of the Cities Changing Diabetes programme, the more
than 30 partner cities in our global network, and the incredible
initiatives that have been established throughout the network, on all
continents, to halt the rise of urban diabetes.
On the website, you can find details about all of the partner
cities in the ‘network’ section, news about the different
initiatives being rolled out around the world, and a ‘knowledge
hub’ that features publications, podcasts, and reports. And last but
not least, we are pleased to finally announce the
upcoming release, in the last week of November, of the Urban
Diabetes Action Framework.
This framework has been a year in the making, and we are proud and
excited to be putting it out there and sharing it with you.
The purpose of the framework, which includes a six-step guide, a
resource toolkit and a best practise case catalogue, is
to accelerate the development of impactful and sustainable
interventions to halt urban diabetes and obesity.
With the release of this first version, the
framework will be ready for pilot-testing in an open-source fashion.
Individuals and organisations with an interest will be invited to
test it and provide feedback so we can collaboratively improve it.
We hope that you will help us spread the word and share this open
invitation with your partners.
Stay tuned for more information on this!