Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

What Does It Mean to Be an FP2020 Commitment Maker

June 03, 2015

Following the 2012 Family Planning Summit in London, a group of governments, foundations and NGOs including Marie Stopes International made a commitment through FP2020 to get contraception to 120 million new users by 2020. This would be no mean feat, if need were standing still. It isn’t.


By 2020, in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, the number of women of reproductive age will be up by a third versus 2010. That’s more than a quarter of a billion women and girls who will require choice in contraception, the largest number in the continent’s history. As commitment makers, we cannot let ourselves fall behind the curve in helping those with little or no access.


Today, Marie Stopes International has made a commitment to accelerate our own efforts. In fact, we’re pledging to double them, reaching 12 million new users with contraception by 2020. That’s 10% of the total FP2020 goal.


Since 2012, Marie Stopes International has already reached more than 3 million additional users, over half of our original commitment. Thanks to the partnerships we’ve formed and our focus on “advocacy by doing”, we’ve done what we committed to do. This is a solid achievement, but it’s not enough for us. We know that behind those 3 million stand many more.


I’m optimistic that we already have the capacity and commitment to achieve our shared goal; but only with our fellow commitment makers. This is why I am urging our community to join us not just in re-committing to their specific contributions but taking practical steps to get there, now.


We are all in agreement that the freedom to access and choose contraception is a fundamental human right. We agree that our focus should stay on unmet need. But we must also be clearly aligned on how to bridge the gap between the current demand and supply of commodities to meet it, and who will pay.  Unless we step up right now, limited supplies will force us to make choices we may not like: deciding which methods to provide or which communities to support and which to leave behind.


It is not enough just to care: we need practical solutions. It is not enough to hope that new funding mechanisms will naturally lead governments to make good choices, and it is simply pointless to keep talking about demand creation or young people, without first ensuring adequate supply of a choice of contraceptives, the investment required to deliver them, and an effective method of delivery to those that need them most.


In making this commitment today, I want to remind our community of an impending anniversary: July 11th will mark three years since our initial pledges. Let’s use this as an opportunity to fast track action and re-double our efforts. This will ensure we are the movement that both drives our commitment forward and attracts new pledges.  Now is the critical juncture between success and failure. We have much to do but only one chance to get it right. Let’s keep our promise to 120 million women.

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