Benin, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mauritania and Myanmar used the Family Planning conference to announce major new national family planning pledges. Leaders and advocates are currently gathered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to continue the momentum towards increased access to family planning for millions of women.
The 2013 International Conference on Family Planning also saw the release of a new global progress report by Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), titled FP2020 Partnership in Action. It lays out a new frame work for the monitoring and evaluation of family planning so that countries can track their own progress in a way that informs decisions.
FP2020 is a creative network of cooperation that revolves around a hub to promote knowledge-sharing and emergent thinking. It will also identify and collect data on additional indicators to measure concepts around informed choice, autonomy and the extent to which family planning programs are implemented in accordance with human rights principles.
“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 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.”Read More