Family Planning Summit, London 2012

Family planning empowers women with choice

On 11 July 2012 the UK's Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-hosted the Family Planning Summit in London.

Held on World Population Day, world leaders and civil society from across the globe made massive commitments. The mission was to secure USD$2.3bn towards meeting the unmet need for contraception of 120 million women worldwide by 2020.

At the Summit IPPF made an unprecedented commitment to women and girls. We also played a powerful role in coordinating 1,300 civil society groups globally.

These organisations signed a declaration of support and were listed in the Financial Times

IPPF's promises to meet the following commitments by 2020:

1. Service delivery

  • Treble the number of women’s and girls’ lives we save each year. By 2020, IPPF’s family planning services alone will have saved the lives of 54,000 women and girls, averted 46.4 million unintended pregnancies and prevented 12.4 million unsafe abortions.
  • Treble the number of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services we provide annually. We will offer a comprehensive and integrated package of rights-based services, including a full range of contraceptive choices and safe abortion.
  • Provided 1.5 billion sexual and reproductive health services. We will expand our existing network of 64,000 clinics and community-based service delivery outlets to ensure we are meeting the needs of poor and vulnerable women, men and young people. We will expand social marketing networks to make commodities more affordable.
  • At least treble the number of services we provide to young people by 2020, delivering a total of 553 million services to young people.
  • Establish technical knowledge centres to train staff from government facilities, community organizations and private providers to extend the reach of family planning services.
  • Together with partners - including DFID, UNFPA, UNAIDS, USAID and WHO - IPPF will pioneer the development and consolidation of a compendium of robust family planning, sexual, reproductive, maternal and child health, and HIV linkages indicators.

2. Advocacy

  • IPPF will improve the advocacy capacity of its Member Associations in at least 40 of the 69 priority countries identified by the Summit. Building alliances with other civil society organizations we will work with their governments to improve the legislative, policy, regulatory and financial environment to increase access to voluntary, non-coercive, family planning services that are responsive to the needs of the women and girls they aim to serve and which respect their human rights.
  • IPPF will mobilize the international movement created through IPPF’s role as Co-Vice Chair of the Stakeholder Group convening the input of civil society to the London Summit on Family Planning. We will work together to hold ourselves and governments accountable for our commitments.
  • IPPF will work with regional bodies and economic blocs covering all regions of the world, including Asia and Latin America. These blocs include the African Union, Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific, the European Union, the Oil Rich States, the G20, BRICS and focus on up to ten new emerging economies. At the global level IPPF will advocate to bi-lateral and multi-lateral institutions to ensure family planning and SRHR are political and financial priorities regionally, and in the next global development framework.
  • IPPF will engage with the pharmaceutical industry, including generic manufacturers, to demand affordable pricing strategies for contraceptives.
  • At the local level, IPPF will raise awareness and change attitudes of community, political and public opinion leaders to enable access to sexual and reproductive health for all.

IPPF's garnered the support of 1,300 civil society organisations worldwide tributed in the Financial Times:

Consequences for the future

Consequences of disempowerment