FP2020 Reference Group Launched to Advance Family Planning Commitments Made at London Summit

Leadership group announced for the landmark Family Planning 2020 partnership to help provide an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries with access to voluntary family planning information, contraceptives and services.

NEW YORK: Eighteen leaders from civil society, governments, multi-lateral organizations, technical institutions and foundations are participating on the “Reference Group” for Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). The partnership was a key outcome of the London Summit on Family Planning convened by the UK Department for International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on July 11, 2012.

The FP2020 Reference Group will be responsible for providing strategic direction and coordination between partners as well as with existing structures and programs to improve women’s access to voluntary family planning and contraceptives. The group will help track resources and results, ensuring that the $2.6 billion in financial commitments made by donors and additional commitments made by developing countries at the London Summit are implemented according to internationally agreed goals and standards, as well as national priorities and resources needed on the ground.

The Reference Group, co-chaired by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and Dr. Chris Elias, president of Global Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, convened for the first time on December 14 in New York.

“Family Planning 2020 is committed to the integration of family planning within the continuum of care for women and girls,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, FP2020 Co-Chair. “Women should be empowered to decide whether and when they want to become pregnant, as well as how many children they want to have. This is at the core of our mandate and work at country level.”

The Reference Group will be supported in its work by a small Task Team based at the United Nations Foundation which will manage the daily operations. Working Groups will also be convened from civil society, multilateral, technical and donor organizations to provide advice and support in four strategic areas: country engagement, market dynamics, performance monitoring & accountability, and rights & empowerment. Finally, the Reference Group will seek to engage global family planning “champions” to amplify the voices of the millions of women worldwide who lack information about and access to contraception.

“As promised at the London Summit, the global community has come together under FP2020 to give an additional 120 million women and girls in the poorest countries access to contraceptives, information, and services by 2020,” said Dr. Chris Elias, FP2020 Co-Chair. “Robust partnership and close collaboration with the broader family planning and maternal health community will continue to collectively drive this effort forward.”

In addition to the co-chairs, members of the FP2020 Reference Group are:

  • Dr. Flavia Bustreo, World Health Organization
  • Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation
  • Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Minister of Health, Senegal
  • Nick Dyer, UK Department for International Development
  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia
  • Tore Godal, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • Anuradha Gupta, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India
  • Dr. Kelly Henning, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Jane Wambui Kiragu, Satima Consultants, Ltd., Kenya
  • Tewodros Melesse, International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF)
  • Poonam Muttreja, Population Foundation of India
  • Bridget Okoeguale, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria
  • Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, US Agency for International Development
  • Dr. Carole Presern, Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Child Health (PMNCH)
  • John Skibiak, Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition
  • Dr. Julianto Witjaksono, National Population Family Planning Agency, Indonesia

Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) builds on the partnerships launched at the London Summit on Family Planning. It will sustain the momentum from London and ensure all partners are working together to achieve and support the goals and commitments announced at the Summit. To receive ongoing communication about FP2020, please send an email to

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