ICFP 2015 Postponed, but the Family Planning Conversation Continues
— Melinda Gates (@melindagates) November 5, 2015
On November 5, the Steering Committee of the International Conference on Family Planning announced the difficult decision to postpone the conference. A nearby volcano has disrupted air travel and created potential health hazards at the conference site. No new date or location has been announced yet. But as Melinda Gates says, not even a volcano can stop the conversation about family planning.
Jose “Oying” Rimon II, Director of the Gates Institute and Chair of the 2015 ICFP International Steering Committee, and Surya Chandra Surapaty, Chairman of the National Population and Family Planning Board of Indonesia (BkkbN) and Chair of the ICFP National Steering Committee, issued a statement this morning regarding the decision to postpone:
"While our in-person collaborations this November have been delayed, we hope the family planning community will continue this important conversation virtually in forums around the world." (Read the full statement on the ICFP 2015 website.)
Updated: Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released its own statement this afternoon: "In prioritizing the well-being and safety of conference attendees, [the conference co-hosts have] demonstrated that leadership in global health often requires difficult decisions with real-life consequences. We owe them a debt of gratitude for shouldering the responsibility for this decision in the face of what must be profound disappointment, and wish them all the best as they work to reschedule this important conference." (Read the full statement on the FP2020 website.)
Like all of the conference participants who have worked so hard to prepare for this exceptional knowledge exchange event, we are regrouping as our team members make their way home. We will keep the conversation going here on K4Health.org and at Family Planning Voices (#FPVoices).