New Delhi, July 11: On World Population Day, leaders from around the world will recommit to the family planning needs of women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020 at the Family Planning Summit in London. At least 37 country governments, 16 private companies, and 11 partner organisations are coming together to announce their commitments to the Family Planning through expansion of modern forms of contraception to over 120 million women at the high-level Family Planning Summit on the occasion of World Population Day 2017. The focus of the Family Planning Summit is to ensure that “more women and girls around the world are able to plan their families and their futures” irrespective of their economic standing. This year, the theme of World Population Day 2017 is ‘Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.

WHAT IS FAMILY PLANNING SUMMIT?

The Family Planning Summit is a collaboration between UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other partners such as partners USAID to ensure that the women around the world and especially in the world’s poorest countries have access to life-saving family planning information, services, and supplies as women in developed countries. The summit on the World Population Day is to “galvanize political commitment and financial resources from developing countries, donors, the private sector, civil society and other partners to meet the family planning needs of women in the world’s poorest countries by 2020”, as per the World Health Organization (WHO). There are an estimated 214 million women in developing countries who yet do not have access to modern contraceptives. (Also Read: World Population Day 2017 in Facts)

According to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), family planning is significant in saving lives as it enables “couples to choose whether and when to have children”. Family planning also preserves women’s and girls’ health empowering them to pursue education and work instead of focussing on having kids for a family. “It boosts their ability to save, contribute to the economy, and invest in the health and education of their children. In sum, family planning enriches communities and strengthens economies,” reads UNFPA.

In the last Family Planning Summit in London in 2012, 20 governments, as well as NGO have agreed on the importance of women empowerment and family planning. The world leaders had committed to addressing contraceptive needs and making then available to 120 million women and girls by 2020. (Also Read: How Gender Inequality is Major Cause of Population Outburst)

The Family Planning Summit will discuss key issues relating to family planning and health of women. The commitment of the world leaders include delivering high-quality contraceptives to women and girls across the world and expanding the range of contraceptives available to women; empowering young people with access to family planning information and care, and reaching the hardest to reach.