The international goal to ensure access to family planning for another 120 million women by 2020 is at the heart of Family Planning 2020, better known as FP2020. The July summit gathered ministers and top civil servants from over 50 countries with civil society and the private sector. They discussed the next steps to achieve universal access to family planning, one of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo attended the Summit.
Strong presence of the South
Southern countries were well represented at the Summit. Several of them committed to invest more in family planning services. India, Bangladesh and Indonesia will increase their budgets with several millions of dollars to allow women to exercise their reproductive rights. Donors, philanthropic foundations and the private sector made 64 new political and financial commitments that should lead to better access to family planning services. A number of new organisations (e.g. Doctors of the World) and countries (South-Sudan, Finland and Canada) joined the FP2020 Initiative.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo made a remarkable call at the Summit. He encouraged his male colleagues around the world to become more feminist. Minister De Croo also announced additional support to protect women and girls in humanitarian crises. Belgium is also investing in digital technology to map access to family planning in low income countries.
Countdown 2030 Europe
Countdown 2030 Europe, the NGO consortium Sensoa is part of, organised an event in the aftermath of the Summit, ‘Turning 2017 Family Planning Summit Commitments into Comprehensive Action on SRHR’. Policy makers and representatives of international organisations and NGOs reflected about the outcome of the successful Summit and discussed actions to ensure promises will be turned into action.