Family Planning 2020 Advances in 2013

Allison Bland

CCP | Communications Specialist

From the end of 2012 and into the New Year, the global health community looked back on the commitments made at the London Summit on Family Planning and looked ahead to achieving the goals announced at the Summit. While the July event was a highlight in global development for 2012, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) will to continue to frame our discussions as governments, civil society, and technical institutions move toward the target: deliver contraceptives, information, and services to a total of 380 million women and girls.

Check out these videos from the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program on the importance of maintaining the momentum of FP2020:

FP2020 was a major theme at last month’s meeting of the Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Consortium. IBP Consortium members saw FP2020 as part of a broader story of renewed interest in family planning and reproductive health in global development. Throughout the meeting, members pointed to existing platforms that can help move the community toward FP2020 goals, such as implementing High-Impact Practices in Family Planning. In a roundtable discussion on next steps after the Summit, Scott Radloff of USAID reminded us that attention and resources for family planning fell in the early 2000s, and FP2020 holds the promise of a rebound. Radloff and Jill Keesbury of the International Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health pointed out populations that would be critical to meeting FP2020’s goals, including women in urban areas and adolescents.

The FP2020 Reference Group was recently set up to monitor commitments, track progress, and continue the momentum of the Summit. The Reference Group, which convened for the first time last month, is made up of 18 members who are chaired by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This group will provide the coordinating structure that is needed to move from the question, “Where do we go from here?” to the scaling up of practices that will increase access to family planning methods.

At K4Health, we’re going into the New Year with a commitment to the goal of sharing and exchanging information related to family planning and reproductive health. You can become more familiar with the goals of FP2020 through many of K4Health’s tools: explore a toolkit on the elements of a successful family planning program, search POPLINE for research that addresses family planning challenges, or collaborate with others on the Knowledge Gateway. And, keep watching the K4Health blog in 2013 for current news and insights from members of the global health community.