IPPF calls for signatures for a global letter of support for Family Planning Summit

18 JUNE 2012 | This July, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the British government's Department for International Development (DFID) will hold the London Family Planning Summit. This Summit is a golden moment: an opportunity to change the way that family planning – as a part of reproductive health – will be supported and provided around the globe. The event signals a major commitment by governments, donors, corporations, and others to work towards meeting family planning needs, such as information, services, and supplies, for developing countries by 2020. It may leverage and release significant amounts of funding for family planning advocacy and services.

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)’s is working to garner civil society signatories for a global letter of support. This two-page letter (available in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese) will be submitted to David Cameron and Melinda Gates and will be published in a Financial Times supplement just before the Summit, along with the names and logos of all the agencies who sign on. The letter has been carefully crafted, taking into account comments received from more than 220 NGOs across 53 countries.

The letter highlights the absolute commitment of civil society to the Summit, and our unique role in helping those millions of girls, women and men who do not currently have access to the advice and services they want and need.

To date, there are already over 200 signatories to the letter.

To sign your organization on to the letter, please email FP2012@ippf.org immediately with the following information:

  • The country you represent
  • Your organization’s full name
  • A professional quality version of your organization's logo
  • This should be available from their communications team or their design suppliers
  • It should be sent either as a vector format EPS or Adobe Illustrator .AI file
  • Alternatively a best quality TIFF or JPEG file or other bitmap version

IPPF must receive your sign-on by 20 June to be included in The Financial Times, and by 3 July to be included in the Summit. Please email FP2012@ippf.org if you have any questions.