Cities Changing Diabetes

The Cities Changing Diabetes programme was developed to get cities worldwide to set goals and design interventions to drive down the number of people with Type 2 diabetes in their city. Meeting these goals requires working together across sectors and disciplines, uniting stakeholders behind a common cause.

The world is rapidly urbanising, changing not just where we live, but the way we live. Today, the way cities are designed, built and run risks fueling the health challenges of their citizens.

Urban environments are already home to two-thirds of people with diabetes. This makes cities the front line in the fight against Type 2 diabetes – and where we must take action to hold back the alarming rise of the condition.




66% of the worlds population will live in urban areas by 2050


Why Leicester?

Leicester is an ethnically and culturally diverse city. A vibrant place to visit, it has many attractions, such as the football club Leicester City, which won the Premier League title in 2016. The National Space Centre is also located in the city, which houses a space research programme. The remains of Richard III, the last English king to be killed in battle, were found in a Leicester car park in 2012 and have now been moved to the city’s cathedral.