The following information is in regards to the upcoming London Summit on Family Planning, which will take place on July 11th, 2012.
The U.K. Government, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNFPA and other partners will host this groundbreaking summit that will mobilize global policy, financing, commodity, and service delivery commitments to support the rights of an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use contraceptive information, services and supplies, without coercion or discrimination, by 2020.
Given the pleasing mix of NGO’s, donors, country representatives and international agencies to be in attendance, there is reason for some significant optimism.
You can access the main website here: http://www.londonfamilyplanningsummit.co.uk/index.php
You can review the agenda here (PDF): http://www.londonfamilyplanningsummit.co.uk/Agenda%20-%20London%20Summit%20on%20Family%20Planning.pdf
Finally, you can access a descriptive text of the planned proceedings via this link from the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition. Below is pasted the closing text from that document.
The Summit seeks a set of commitments from the global community.
All members of the global community have roles to play in meeting the Summit’s ambitious goals:
- Partner countries need to make bold political commitments to increase access to family planning information, services and supplies, by making additional domestic resources available, and tackling policy, demand and service delivery barriers.
- Donors need to commit to sustaining current investments and providing additional funds for contraceptive information, services and supplies; improving their coordination so that funds are used most effectively; and supporting advocacy for expanded contraceptive availability and for removing barriers to women’s and girls’ access.
- Civil Society needs to continue and expand their advocacy for both expanded availability and removal of barriers, with funding from donors and, where appropriate, governments. Civil society groups can also help build community support for contraceptive access, monitor services for quality, voluntarism, and informed choice, and help hold providers, policy makers and funders accountable for their commitments. They can also conduct behavior change interventions and implement innovations in delivering services.
- Manufacturers need to engage with funders and procurers in new and expanded partnerships to make a greater range of quality contraceptive products available, affordable and accessible to women and girls in the poorest countries.
- Others in and outside the health sector need to engage in new and expanded partnerships that leverage their expertise in such areas as behaviour change, demand generation, logistics, information technology, education and communication. The broader global health community needs to ensure that family planning is integrated within a broader range of services across the continuum of women’s and children’s health.
The revitalised global family planning movement resulting from the Summit, and the commitments that will be made by so many, have the potential to save and to transform the lives of millions of women and girls in the world’s poorest countries. By working together as a global community, we can save lives and improve the health, social and economic development of families, communities and nations today and for generations to come.