London Family Planning Conference - 2017

27.07.2017
London Family Planning Conference - 2017

London Family Planning Summit 2017 and the way forward. 

Being the part of Y-PEER is one of the best things that happened to me over the years as a youth activist in Pakistan. It introduced me hundreds of amazing people around the world and also provide me skills to utilize the available opportunities in a best way.

Earlier this month on July 11 2017, over 600 policymakers, donors, and advocates from around the world gathered at the Family Planning Summit in London, UK, to discuss efforts to reach out Family Planning 2020 Goals and ensure that more women and girls around the world are able to plan their families and their futures.

2017 marks exactly five years since the 2012 Summit on Family Planning, and just past the halfway to mark 2020, the year the global community promised to have delivered modern contraception to an additional 120 million women and girls who want them but lack access in 69 of the worlds poorest countries by 2020. But delivering on this commitment requires very urgent intensified action to accelerate progress to Family Planning 2020 goals and our shared vision of universal access to sexual and reproductive health as laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

Attaining this goal also obliges all women and girls to enjoy fully, their essential right to decide freely and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children to have as is fundamental to the vision and goal of FP2020. 

At the summit policy makers, donors, and advocates collectively announced over $2.5 billion in new funding to deliver rights-based family planning with focus on better serving the largest generation of adolescents in history and the hardest-to-reach women and girls. 

The summit also aimed to refining our focus on lessons learned and verified solutions, while augmentation and deepening our network of associates to bring local action and solutions to scale specifically for populations that have conventionally been left behind such as adolescents and youth and women and girls in humanitarian situations. 

Family planning is future planning. Said Melinda Gates during her speech. She add by saying This is a difficult political climate for family planning. Im deeply troubled, as Im sure you are, by the Trump administrations proposed budget slash.
If empowering women is more than just rhetoric for the president, he will prove it by funding family planning. 

The Family Planning Summit co-hosted by, DFID, UNFPA, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the FP2020 partnership saw many of the now 41 FP2020 partner countries make renewed commitments to accelerate family planning progress. Over 100 new commitments were made including two thirds of countries making commitments on adolescent health. 

Financial commitments announced at the Summit are expected to total at least $2.5billion USD by 2020. The majority of the funding $1.5 billion USD has been committed by countries in Asia and Africa. Many of FP2020s 38 partner countries made renewed commitments to accelerate family planning progress, and four new countries are joining the FP2020 partnership. Download the full commitment summary document here.

The summit also provided the opportunity to pay tribute to late Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for his amazing work for girls and women around world. The community appreciated his commitment and dedication towards a healthier world for all the individuals particular women in marginalized communities. 

As a panelist in closing plenary I got an opportunity to share the learning of utilizing peer education techniques to reach those who are un-reachable through mainstream mediums. Being part of Youth Advisory Group at such prestigious and important event I realized how important its to ensure meaningful youth participation that we demands all time at country level and how its being noticed once you have skills and opportunities to express yourself. 

FP2020 contributes to the goals of Global Strategy for Womens, Childrens and Adolescents Health, and the commitments to FP2020 are in support of Every Woman Every Child movement. 

The summit gave us this realization of doing so much more for girls and women around the world as changing world order and growing problems around the world requires more attention and energies to make sure every girls and women is being counted and they get chance to decide freely and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children to have as is fundamental to the vision and goal of FP2020.


Author: Qasiar Roonjha 
Y-PEER Pakistan. 

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