Executive Summary


All references in this report to girls should be understood to mean adolescent girls. While there are no universally accepted definitions of adolescence and youth, the United Nations understands adolescents to include persons aged 10–19 years and youth as those aged 15–24 years. Together, adolescents and youth are referred to as young people, encompassing the ages of 10–24 years. For statistical purposes, the following age groups are defined: 10–14, 15–19, and 20–24. See:  


This figure does not include South Africa, which made a commitment to FP2020 but is not one of the 69 focus countries. South Africa’s GNI does not qualify it as one of the world’s poorest countries, based on the World Bank 2010 classification using the Atlas Method.

From the FP2020 Reference Group Co-Chairs

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Adding It Up: Investing in Contraception and Maternal and Newborn Health, 2017. Fact Sheet, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2017.

FP2020 Growing Partnership

From FP2020’s Executive Director

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