Saturday, July 11, was World Population Day, an opportunity to focus on the progress made toward achieving the promise of the International Conference on Population and Development. It was also the anniversary of the Family Planning 2020 partnership. FP2020 was created at the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012 out of a desire to accelerate efforts to increase access to and voluntary use of family planning around the world.
Together, we have made important progress, fostering strong connections across countries, regions, and even sectors that have yielded greater collaboration and learning. We witnessed the strength of these relationships during our recent virtual workshops with FP2020 focal points in Africa and Asia. Even though we couldn’t be in the same room together, the discussions that took place online were as vital and engaging as ever.
Our progress has obviously been tempered by the COVID-19 pandemic. But even in the face of this global disruption, FP2020 partners quickly mobilized to ensure that family planning was safeguarded as an essential health service. It has been inspiring to be a part of the conversations and see the innovations that organizations have implemented, whether to ensure that adequate reproductive health supplies reached the last mile or to engage non-traditional means of delivering contraception. I am proud that FP2020 has been able to provide a platform for these discussions, as we have in other moments.
Recognizing the disruption caused by the pandemic, we decided to launch the commitment process to the 2021-2030 partnership in January 2021. At that time, we will also release the final FP2020 progress report and celebrate the work we have done together in the last eight years. This important moment will also mark the next step in the journey to the future iteration of our partnership. Between January and November 2021, we will be working with you to develop new commitments so that we can introduce the new partnership at the International Conference on Family Planning in Pattaya, Thailand. During that time, we will also be constructing the new structures that will support the partnership, in line with the vision we developed together last year.
We look forward to continuing on this journey with you.
Sending best wishes that you and your families stay safe and healthy,