The first two DAWN summits, held in 2002 and 2003 in the UK, were key components in the programme’s role as catalyst for a practical worldwide response. At the 2nd DAWN summit, which brought together leaders in the field of diabetes and organizations from 31 countries, the worldwide DAWN call to action was made: to put the people behind the condition at the centre of care
The focus of the 3rd DAWN summit, held in Florence, Italy, in April 2006, was on setting the stage for the implementation of practical and research-oriented initiatives. The aim of
the meeting was to review the progress to date in implementing the DAWN call to action, share best practices, build networks and partnerships, showcase practical solutions and strategies and present new initiatives.
The latest DAWN Summit in 2008, held in Budapest, showed the first results from several new DAWN projects initiated following the 3rd International DAWN Summit. A key focus of the 4th Intl DAWN Summit was to set the stage for the establishment of an international effort to monitor quality of life and perceptions of people with diabetes. Supported through statements by the presidents of IDF and ISPAD respectively, the global DAWN MIND (monitoring individual needs of people with diabetes) initiative was praised as a vital initiative to bring guidelines related to the human aspect into real standard care.