In July 2012, leaders from around the world gathered in London for a watershed event. The London Summit on Family Planning reignited global commitment to women’s fundamental right to decide for themselves whether and when to have children. An ambitious new goal was set—to empower 120 million additional women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use modern contraception by 2020—and a new partnership and platform was launched: Family Planning 2020 (FP2020).
On 11 July 2017, the five-year anniversary of that inaugural summit, leaders convened in London once again. The Family Planning Summit for Safer, Healthier and Empowered Futures brought together FP2020 countries, partners, and stakeholders from around the world to evaluate lessons learned and take collective action to accelerate progress. Co-hosted by the UK Government, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in close partnership with the FP2020 Secretariat, the Summit aimed to boost progress on one of the best investments governments can make: rights-based family planning programs. Read the full outcomes here.