New commitments announced at Family Planning Summit in support of Every Woman Every Child
LONDON – At least 37 country governments, 16 private companies and 11 partner organizations, including civil society and private foundations, announced commitments to accelerate progress on rights-based family planning programmes today at the Family Planning Summit. From that total, 14 governments, 7 civil societies and 12 private sector institutions were new commitment makers to Every Woman Every Child.
The Family Planning Summit was co-hosted by the UK Government, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in close partnership with the Family Planning 2020 Secretariat (FP2020). In parallel with the Summit in London, more than 2500 people gathered at 21 satellite events across Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Indonesia, Malawi, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Thailand and Uganda, demonstrating growing country leadership and support for family planning.
FP2020 contributes to the goals of the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, and a commitment to FP2020 is in support of the Every Woman Every Child movement.
In her keynote address during the Summit’s Opening Plenary, the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed welcomed the new FP2020 commitments in support of the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health, noting their critical role in contributing to enabling 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. This is a critical milestone to ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights by 2030, as laid out in Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5.
“These commitments, and the work of Every Woman Every Child, are fostering efforts to strengthen a continuum of care and a life course approach to women’s, children’s and adolescent’s health,” said Ms. Mohammed.
The Summit builds on progress made since the Family Planning Summit in 2012 and reaffirmed international political support for women and girls to be able to decide for themselves whether, when and how many children to have. It addresses barriers to progress that are common across many countries, with a wide range of policy and programme commitments to ensure the money invested in family planning goes further.
Financial commitments announced at the Summit were expected to total at least $2.5billion USD (£1.9billion GBP) by 2020. The majority of the funding—$1.5billion USD (£1.16billion GBP)—has been committed by countries in Asia and Africa. Many of FP2020’s 38 partner countries*, ranging from Burkina Faso to India, Indonesia and Uganda, made renewed commitments to accelerate family planning progress, and 14 new countries joined the EWEC movement through their commitment to FP2020 and the Global Strategy (2016-2030).
Commitments will seek to deliver family planning to all who need it, especially adolescents, women and girls in humanitarian crises and the hard to reach. Highlights of the commitments made include:
- The International Rescue Committee’s commitment to implementing programmes that enable women and girls to take control of their lives, from the earliest stages of humanitarian crisis through recovery. The IRC will employ strategies that build knowledge around reproductive options and service availability and increase access to high quality contraceptive services and decision-making power through creation of enabling environments that address cultural, social and economic barriers.
- Bayer’s updated commitment in support of the EWEC Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health to expand its successful youth-centric health programs under the umbrella of World Contraception Day and the associated “It’s Your Life – It’s Your Future” campaign. Therefore, Bayer is committed to supporting the initiative “120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders” of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, which will engage the entire family planning community in nominating young people for 120 Under 40. Countries, donors, civil society and private foundations will pledge to collect, use, and disseminate age- and sex-disaggregated data. With improved data, governments, charities and others will be better able to design and assess programmes that more effectively meet the needs of women and girls..
- Ten private sector organisations from outside the health and pharmaceutical sector, including Twinings, Spark Minda, MTV Staying Alive Foundation, Lindex, CARD MRI, and NST, made commitments that expand access to contraceptives, improve supply chains, or market and deliver family planning services to their employees. These will include commitments to reach more women and girls, including through their networks, assets, and expertise—from supply chains to microfinance networks to media channels.
The Family Planning Summit took place on the five-year anniversary of the inaugural London Summit on Family Planning—which aimed to build on the momentum created by the Every Woman Every Child movement—when world leaders set a goal to empower 120 million additional women and girls in the 69 lowest income countries to use modern contraception by 2020, and a new partnership was launched: Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). Since then, 30 million additional women and girls have begun using modern contraceptives – bringing the total to a record 300 million users across the 69 countries. As a result, last year more than 82 million pregnancies, 25 million unsafe abortions, and 125,000 maternal deaths were averted.
A list of new commitment makers to EWEC in support of EWEC’s Global Strategy (2016-2030) and FP2020 are listed below by sector:
- South Sudan
- Cycle Technologies
- Lindex, in partnership with GIZ
- MTV Staying Alive Foundation, in partnership with Viacom International Media Networks
- Spark Minda
- Vodafone Foundation*
- Tata Trusts*
- Shanghai Dahua*
- The Chaudhary Foundation*
- Blue Ventures
- International rescue Committee (IRC)
- Doctors of the World/Medicins du Monde (MdM)
- Nutrition International
- Comic Relief*
*Pending final approval.
The full breadth of Summit commitments from country governments, donors, private sector, civil society and foundations can be found here.