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Denmark and Vancouver stand together in the fight against diabetes

On World Diabetes Day November 14th, the city of Vancouver joins the Danish-initiated partnership program Cities Changing Diabetes. Across the globe, cities are on the front-lines of the urban diabetes challenge, and Cities Changing Diabetes was initiated as a response to the dramatic rise in urban diabetes around the world.

It is a first-of-its-kind partnership for cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaboration that was spearheaded by Novo Nordisk, Steno Diabetes Centre and UCL (University College London) in 2014. It started as a partnership with the City of Copenhagen and has expanded to Houston, Johannesburg, Mexico City, Shanghai, Tianjin and now… Vancouver!

Denmark has played an important role in Vancouver’s steps towards this partnership. The Danish Embassy, the Consulate General in Toronto, and the Vancouver Consulate have worked closely with the City of Vancouver. Furthermore, the City of Copenhagen has engaged in an on-going knowledge exchange about their own experience with the fight against urban diabetes.

Kick-off on World Diabetes Day

Cities Changing Diabetes will host an event to launch Vancouver’s entry to the partnership programme and the desire to fight diabetes. The deputy mayor of Vancouver will announce the city’s role in CCD, and talk about the commitment to working with local partners.

Experts from Novo Nordisk, Canadian Diabetes Association, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Coastal Health and the broader community will each in turn present their views on the challenge of urban diabetes and how the CCD partnership programme can make a difference.  The Danish Honorary Consul, Ann-Britt Everett, is the emcee and moderator at the event.  

The day will conclude with a soccer kick-off with midfielder, Ben McKendry from the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and students from a local elementary school.