On July 11 2012, the UK Government, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation together with the UNFPA and other partners hosted a groundbreaking summit. This summit provided a platform to build momentum and generate new commitments to accelerate the family planning agenda in order to expand and improve access to family planning worldwide to address this unmet need. This summit was dubbed “The London Family Planning Summit”.
At the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, the leaders of 150 countries, international agencies, civil society organizations, foundations, the research and development community and the private sector endorsed the goal of expanding access to family planning information, services and supplies to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries by 2020.
Seventy commitments were made towards increasing access to family planning for women and girls, donors and the private sector pledged $2.6 billion in new funding and more than 20 governments made commitments. The enthusiasm unleashed at the London 2012 Summit far exceeded expectations. As FP2020 carries forward the momentum of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, countries are taking steps to accelerate progress towards expanding access to family planning for 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries by the year 2020. New political, financial, and service delivery commitments are being made to support the rights of women and girls to decide whether, when, and how many children they want to have.
The African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning (AWLN) is committed to working with African Governments to;
AWLN’s advocacy will be guided by the principles of local ownership and programme sustainability – where local champions determine and direct national and sub-national advocacy activities, and will focus on policymakers who control family planning funds and policies at national and sub-national level.
For details on the commitments made by African countries at the London Summit visit http://www.africawln.org/?p=1869