Family Planning Summit


IPPF: Letter of support

10 JULY 2012 | The London Family Planning Summit being hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the British government's Department for International Development (DFID) represents 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.

In the lead up to this historic high-level meeting, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) organized a campaign to garner civil society signatories for a global letter of support. The letter was carefully crafted, taking into account comments received from more than 220 NGOs across 53 countries. A sneak peak of this two-page letter was published in a Financial Times supplement released just before the Summit, along with the names and logos of all the agencies who signed on by the preliminary cut-off date of 30 June. The full version of the letter, which in the end received 1,305 signatories from 177 countries, will be submitted to the Family Planning Summit's co-hosts, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Melinda Gates, in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese, on 11 July.

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