I hope you had an opportunity to join us earlier today as we celebrated the FP2020 partnership, launched the 2019-2020 annual report FP2020: The Arc of Progress, and started our journey as FP2030, energized to expand the FP movement and galvanize greater commitments to support the rights of women and girls who wish to use contraception.
The resonant message I hope you will take away from the celebration is that our partnership has power. By knitting our strengths together, we have been able to accelerate access to family planning for all people who need and want it, increasing the number of women and girls using family planning by 60 million since 2012.
Along the way, we have learned together: how to better measure our progress and use data so that countries can make improvements to family programs more quickly. We have worked to center rights in all that we do. And we have learned that the most successful commitments build on and bring together interdisciplinary networks including governments, civil-society and youth organizations, measurement experts, other health partners, and so many more.
With these lessons in mind, today we started our transition to FP2030, a new partnership that we’re building together on the foundation of FP2020. As I shared in the last newsletter, what distinguishes this new partnership from FP2020 is the degree to which the ultimate shape of this partnership will be driven by the commitment-making partners themselves. We will expand our governance structure from four core conveners and a Reference Group to a broader Governing Board that will include country, civil society, multilateral, and donor representation with clear, transparent, and shared decision-making authorities. Our Secretariat will be expanded to hubs spread out across five regions, including Asia, East and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America/Europe.
Another significant change in leadership will take place later this year when I step down from my role as Executive Director. The transition provides an opportunity to identify a new leader who can guide the partnership through its re-building over the later half of 2021 and into the future. We will begin that search in the coming weeks in order to ensure a smooth transition. The current Secretariat will mostly remain in place throughout this year, with some also departing as the new hubs come on line and the work is shifted to relevant hubs. Through this time, we will continue to work with global partners and country focal points, and celebrate new commitments as they come on line across 2021.
It has been a tremendous honor to lead this partnership since 2014, to work with so many incredible Secretariat colleagues over the years, and to collaborate with you as we plan the partnership for the decade ahead. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in the coming months to build the FP2030 partnership to be smarter, stronger, and more inclusive – a new partnership in which we can all contribute and advance our shared priorities.