With 2020 approaching fast, the FP2020 community is at a pivotal moment. Our goalpost is in view and we’re accelerating into the final stretch. Momentum is high. At the same time, we’re starting to look ahead to what comes next. What happens after 2020?
We all know that, while 2020 will mark the endpoint of this specific initiative, it won’t really be a finish line. We’ve achieved many of the goals we set as a community, and progress is ahead of the historical trend. For the first time, more than 317 million women in the world’s poorest countries are using modern contraception. But there are many areas where our efforts have fallen short. It’s estimated that, across all developing countries, 214 million women who want to delay or prevent pregnancy are not using a method of modern contraception.3
And so we have an opportunity to set a new vision: one that is ambitious, specific, and achievable.
Our north star is universal access to family planning, which the Sustainable Development Agenda calls for achieving by 2030. Our post-2020 vision will need to map out exactly where we’re going—collectively and as individual countries—and how to get there. And we’ll need a new framework that, like FP2020, is grounded in human rights, partnership, and collaboration.
This is something for us to think through together as a community. The process of defining and building consensus on a post-2020 vision needs to be transparent, focused, and inclusive, incorporating a diversity of perspectives from a wide range of stakeholders.
Over the next months the FP2020 Reference Group will begin gathering insights and recommendations from the global community on what that post-2020 framework might look like. These are some of the questions we’ll be asking:
- How can we build on the historic progress made by the FP2020 movement? How can we sustain that momentum and link it to the longer horizon?
- We know that success begins at the country level. How can we make our next framework even more country-owned and country-led?
- Women and girls must be at the heart of development. How can we ensure that our plans and goals resonate with what women and girls really need?
- How can we better link our efforts to global trends and initiatives, including universal health coverage and the changing landscape for development finance?
We have an opportunity to create a new vision that will realize the initial promise of FP2020 and take it further, ensuring that more women and girls all over the world can reach their full potential.
This is our moment to go beyond linear thinking. We have an opportunity to create a new vision that will realize the initial promise of FP2020 and take it further, ensuring that more women and girls all over the world can reach their full potential.
The FP2020 partnership has been a historic success. Our country-led, globally backed development model is saving women’s lives, advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, and transforming communities across the world. This is powerful work for the global family planning community to build on.
We’re excited about we’ve achieved so far, and full of optimism about how much more we can do. This community’s commitment to women and girls is unwavering, and we must keep working until universal access is a reality for the millions of women and girls still waiting. Let’s keep going.
Dr. Chris Elias
President of Global Development
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Dr. Natalia Kanem