FP2020 strives to promote innovative and creative collaboration for change through our governance structure. 

The FP2020 governance structure complements and works closely with key partners and existing mechanisms and contributes to the UN Secretary General’s  Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, Every Woman, Every Child. FP2020’s unique governance structure allows representatives from all sectors to coordinate activities, pool talents, align agendas and collaborate to address the policy, financing, supply, delivery and sociocultural barriers to women accessing contraceptives.

The structure is comprised of several components to help achieve FP2020 goals, under guiding principles based on human rights, including choice, equity, and voluntarism. The components are: a Reference Group; a small Secretariat; the Performance Monitoring & Evidence Working Group; and the Expert Advisory Community.

Reference Group

FP2020 is governed by a Reference Group which sets the overall strategic direction and drives coordination among the partnership’s stakeholders. The Reference Group has 18 members representing multi-lateral organizations, civil society, developing countries, donor governments and the private sector; and is accountable for ensuring that 120 million more women and girls have access to voluntary family planning information, services and contraceptives by the year 2020.

The current Co-Chairs of the Reference Group are Dr. Chris Elias, President of Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Click here to learn more.

 Key Documents

  • FP2020 Governance Manual (effective Dec 5, 2014, this Governance Manual supersedes previous Reference Group and Working Group TORs).


Performance Monitoring & Evidence Working Group

The Performance Monitoring & Evidence works to provide technical advice and support for monitoring progress towards the FP2020 goal; to promote the use of data for knowledge sharing and to inform decision-making; and to contribute to the understanding of quantitative and qualitative evidence in key dimensions of family planning, such as quality of care and human rights. 


Expert Advisory Community 

The Secretariat is the process of establshing an Expert Advisory Community (EAC) that can mobilize international expertise and technical assistance across a range of issues, including supply, demand, and right-based programming, among others. 



The Secretariat, reporting to the Reference Group and hosted by the UN Foundation, is responsible for the implementation of day-to-day activities. The Secretariat leads on implementing FP2020's new strategy for 2016-2020, which prioritizes efforts on four crosscutting initiatives: country support; data and performance management; global advocacy, rights, and youth; and knowledge and evidence. Across this portfolio of initiatives, the Secretariat's main emphasis is on supporting and reinforcing country-level activities—building on our existing focal point network and in-country partnerships—that can dramatically increase access to high-quality family planning information, services, and supplies.  Click here to view team members.