Global Adolescent Data Statement

On July 11, 2012, the London Summit on Family Planning brought together global leaders around a bold goal—to reach and empower an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries to use family planning by 2020. While progress has been made on that goal during the last five years, gaps remain, particularly for adolescents.

On July 11, 2017, we come together in London again to re-energise global commitment to rights-based family planning and drive more urgent and intensified action to accelerate progress to the Family Planning 2020 Goal, and our shared vision of universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), as laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, we come together with and for adolescents to focus on meeting their family planning and sexual and reproductive health needs.

To do this, we need to better understand their needs, as well as the degree to which programs and services are reaching them. While we have made important strides in generating adolescent data in recent years, critical data gaps remain. In effort to respond to some of these gaps, the Family Planning Summit co-hosts call upon you to join us in agreeing to the collection, use, and dissemination of age- and sex-disaggregated data. To pledge your commitment to the following statement, please sign below.

Statement: “Today, there are 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 years living across the world. As the generation of the future, it is our collective responsibility to empower them to thrive, and doing so is central to achieving the FP2020 and broader Sustainable Development Goals.To enable governments and the international development community to do this we need better data to inform effective policies and programmes, measure progress and enable accountability at the local, national and global levels. Building on the 2016 Joint Announcement on Implementation of Agenda 2030: Accelerating Progress Towards Gender Equality, we, the undersigned, commit to the collection, use and reporting of age and sex-disaggregated data, including for adolescents, within our development assistance FP and SRH service delivery programmes by 2020,and to working with others to strengthen national and international systems and capabilities to do the same in the lead up to 2030.”