The 2016 International Conference on Family Planning far exceeded expectations! A total of 3,100 participants presented hundreds of individual abstracts, preformed panels, and posters on research and best practices relating to family planning.
The 2016 ICFP had many high points. Among them:
- The ICFP was opened by His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia. Nearly 4,000 people attended the Opening Ceremony, where global leaders discussed the global status of family planning and called for urgent action to increase access to family planning worldwide.
- The first-ever Global Humanitarian Awards for Women’s and Children’s Health were awarded to Dato’ Sri Dr. Tahir, Tahir Foundation; Arif and Fayeeza Naqvi, Aman Foundation; and Sir Christopher Hohn, CIFF.
- At each day’s plenaries, distinguished political leaders, ministers, youth leaders, advocates, and scientists discussed family planning’s role in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the important role of youth in the FP movement, and fulfilling FP2020 commitments.
- Sponsored by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the FP Voices photo booth was a huge hit, inviting conference participants to share their thoughts on the importance of family planning.
- The youth performance at the Closing Ceremony brought the audience to their feet. This ICFP had the highest-ever youth participation numbers in conference history!
- The EXCELL Awards were bestowed at the Closing Ceremony to: Kenya and Ethiopia; Yayasan Cipta Cara Padu, Indonesia; and Hon. Janette Loreto-Garin, Secretary of the Department of Health, Philippines, and Hon. Edcel C. Lagman, Representative, 1st District of Albay, Philippines.
- The 13 finalists in the in-person portion of the 2016 Quality Innovation Challenge, organized by the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, were announced (and can be viewed here). Up to 5 will win grants of $100,000 each; these awardees will be announced in April, along with the finalists from the online portion of the challenge, who are in the running for up to 4 grants of up to $25,000 each.
Several notable commitments in support of family planning were announced at the ICFP.
- Melinda Gates reiterated the Gates Foundation’s commitment of an additional $120 million to family planning over 3 years via a video message.
- Alvaro Bermejo of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) announced a new $30 million initiative called Adolescents 360, co-funded with the Gates Foundation.
- International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) announced the expansion of their commitment to bring family planning services to women with unmet need for modern contraception; IPPF is now aiming to reach 60 million new users of family planning by 2020.
- Leaders from a range of faith traditions made a joint statement affirming their commitment to family planning for the health and wellbeing of their communities.
- In a video message, Hon. Agustin Matata Ponyo, Prime Minister of the DRC, expressed his strong commitment to family planning, connecting it to the DRC’s economic growth. The DRC sent the largest governmental delegation, including three ministers, to the ICFP. Just before the conference, the DRC’s National Assembly voted unanimously to include the purchase of contraceptives in the Ministry of Health’s annual budget for the first time—resulting in an allocation of USD 3.5 million.
The ICFP garnered media recognition all over the world, generating 375+ original publications, and—thanks in part to an #ICFP tweet by Bill Gates—reaching nearly 27 million unique accounts on social media over 291 million times (impressions). To date, 40,000 tweets tagged with #ICFP have been generated, and there have been 8,500 unique contributors to the conversation. These are record highs for the ICFP!
Thank you to all who participated, attended, and supported the 2016 ICFP! Very special thanks to Dr. Surya Chandra Surapaty and BKKBN, the conference co-host, for all their efforts. We also thank the members of the International Steering Committee, National Steering Committee, Core Group of Donors, and Sponsors, for their partnership and collaboration.
As Jose “Oying” Rimon II, Chair of the ICFP International Steering Committee and Director of the Gates Institute, said at the Opening Ceremony, “Two words stand out in the last two months since the postponement of the conference. First, the word ‘family.’ The solidarity that the movement has shown in the face of adversity has been remarkable. We are truly a family of champions. The second word is ‘planning.’ We thank all of you for working with us in the meticulous planning that brought all of us to this event.”
We look forward to seeing you and many others at the 2018 ICFP!
2016 ICFP Organizers