ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, 13 November 2013
Countries that have the greatest needs for family planning are at the forefront of global progress to expand access to contraceptive information, services and supplies, according to a new progress report released by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) at the 2013 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP).
Also at the conference, five governments — Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mauritania and Myanmar — announced major new national family planning pledges.
More than 70 countries, donors and civil society organizations have now pledged to collectively reach an additional 120 million women and girls in the poorest countries by 2020 with voluntary access to family planning.
This goal was initially agreed to in July 2012 at the London Summit on Family Planning, and has since galvanized unprecedented political and financial commitments to reinvigorate global family planning efforts.
“Over a year ago in London, the global community declared women’s health and well-being an urgent priority. Today, we are seeing words translate into action,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund, and Co-Chair of the FP2020 Reference Group.
“What’s most encouraging,’ he added, ‘is that the countries taking the greatest steps toward improving access to modern contraceptives, including through increased domestic resources for family planning, are the countries where family planning choices have been the most limited.”