FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multilateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020.
An outcome of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, FP2020 is based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live, should have access to lifesaving contraceptives. Achieving the FP2020 goal is a critical milestone to ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights by 2030, as laid out in Sustainable Development Goals 3 and 5. FP2020 is in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.
What We Do
FP2020 is an outcome of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning where more than 20 governments made commitments to address the policy, financing, delivery and socio-cultural barriers to women accessing contraceptive information, services and supplies and donors pledged an additional US$2.6 billion in funding. Since then, the number of countries with FP2020 commitments has grown to 46 and, in 2015 alone, donors provided US $1.3 billion in bilateral funding for family planning. Five years later on the anniversary of the London Summit, the international community gathered for the 2017 Family Planning Summit for Safer, Healthier, and Empowered Futures to renew its commitment to the FP2020 partnership, growing to include more than 120 commitment-making partners.
Led by an 23-member Reference Group, operated daily by a Secretariat, and hosted by the United Nations Foundation, FP2020 is based on the principle that all women, no matter where they live should have access to lifesaving contraceptives.
The vision is for FP2020 to serve as an inclusive and results-oriented partnership that is working with a diverse group of stakeholders and experts to accelerate action and to address the most significant global and country-level barriers to progress against FP2020 goals. With the backing and participation of our leadership and the global family planning community, we are ready for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
FP2020 adheres to the following principles to support the goal of reaching 120 million additional women by 2020:
- Protection of the human rights of women and girls including through policies and mechanisms to ensure informed choice of a broad range of high-quality, safe, effective, acceptable and affordable contraceptive methods; non-discrimination, and assurance that women and girls are fully informed, and not coerced by any means.
- Integration of family planning within the continuum of care for women and children (including HIV-related services); and development of mechanisms that address barriers to access to affordable and high-quality information, supplies and services for family planning, yet are adaptable and can be expanded to meet a broader set of unmet health and development needs of women and children.
- Universal access to voluntary contraceptive information, services and supplies, within the context of integrated programs to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights and the health-related MDGs.
- Equity in policies and program design and implementation, such as the removal of policy and financial barriers and the development of public and private delivery mechanisms, so that the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls have ready access to affordable, high-quality family planning information, supplies and services.
- Empowering women to decide whether and when they wish to become pregnant as well as how many children they wish to have.
- Participatory development of country plans based on consultations with, and the views of, all stakeholders, especially poor and marginalized girls and women.
- Strong partnerships among and between a broad base of stakeholders—community, governments, political leaders, civil society organizations (including faith-based organizations), the private sector, donors and multilaterals—to help ensure high-quality service delivery, outreach to more disadvantaged groups, building community support and program accountability to the people served.
- Commitment to results, transparency and accountability to ensure countries and the global community track progress towards results, as well as monitoring and assessing protection of human rights and the extent to which the poor and marginalized women and adolescent girls are reached.
How We Do It
Our response is to prioritize efforts on four crosscutting initiatives: driving country-level support; promoting data use and performance management; sharpening the focus on global advocacy, rights and youth; and facilitating dissemination of knowledge and evidence. These initiatives, and the activities that fall within each, are where we believe FP2020 can add the most value through collaboration and mutual accountability.
Across this portfolio of initiatives, our 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. Learn more about the FP2020 Strategy for 2016-2020.
How We Got Here
The UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with UNFPA, national governments, donors, civil society, the private sector, the research and development community, and others from across the world came together at the London Summit on Family Planning to support the right of women and girls to decide, freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they have. The Summit called for unprecedented global political commitments and resources that will enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020.
To achieve these goals, the London Summit on Family Planning called upon partners to work closely together across a range of areas, including:
- Increasing the demand and support for family planning
- Improving supply chains, systems and service delivery models
- Procuring the additional commodities countries need to reach their goals
- Fostering innovative approaches to family planning challenges
- Promoting accountability through improved monitoring and evaluation
At the 2017 Family Planning Summit for Safer, Healthier, and Empowered Futures in London five years later, nearly 50 governments, nine civil society, 16 companies, and two foundations made new commitments or renewed their commitments to the FP2020 partnership. In parallel with the Summit in London--which was co-hosted by the UK Government, UNFPA, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in close partnership with the FP2020 Secretariat--more than 3,000 people gathered at 34 satellite events across Afghanistan, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Thailand, and Uganda, demonstrating growing country leadership and support for family planning. The Summit reaffirmed international political support for women and girls to be able to decide for themselves whether, when and how many children to have.
Where We Work
Family Planning 2020 aims to expand access to family planning information, services, and supplies to an additional 120 million women and girls in 69 of the world’s poorest countries by 2020.
To learn more about family planning in each of these focus countries, please visit www.familyplanning2020.org/countries.
Who We Are
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 their talents, align agendas and collaborate together to address the policy, financing, supply, delivery and sociocultural barriers to women accessing contraceptives.
The structure is comprised of four components to help achieve FP2020 goals, under guiding principles based on human rights, including choice, equity, and voluntarism. The components are: the Reference Group; the Performance Monitoring & Evidence Working Group; the Expert Advisory Community, and the Secretariat.
FP2020 Focal Points
FP2020’s focal points in each country include representatives from the government, two donor organizations (usually UNFPA and USAID), and the civil society community. These focal points serve as the key representatives of FP2020 in-country, and coordinate with each other, the government, partners and other stakeholders, and the FP2020 Secretariat to drive progress on the country’s family planning goals.
The United Nations Foundation
FP2020 is hosted by the United Nations Foundation, which builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.
To learn more about the Governance Structure click here.
International Aid Transparency Initiative
In 2017, the UN Foundation (UNF) joined the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid, development, and humanitarian resources.
FP2020 can only succeed in delivering results by supporting and magnifying the efforts of global and country-level partners, playing the roles of convener and facilitator, and focusing on catalytic actions directly linked to FP2020 goals.
FP2020 partners with our four Core Partners, 55 government commitment makers, nearly 40 civil society and implementing partner organizations, and research and private sector partners to propel our movement and progress.
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is guided by the belief that every life has equal value and works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.
- The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty by creating jobs, unlocking the potential of girls and women and helping to save lives when humanitarian emergencies hit.
- UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA works to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning), promote reproductive rights, reduce maternal mortality and accelerate progress on the ICPD agenda and MDG 5.
- USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad. U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world.
FP2020 contributes to the goals of the Every Woman, Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, and a commitment to FP2020 is in support of the Every Woman, Every Child movement.
Family Planning 2020
United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 887-9040
For media inquiries, please contact Communications Director Tamar Abrams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a listing of current opportunities with FP2020, please visit the United Nations Foundation career site.