Press Conferences

Official ICFP Press Conferences

There will be three official press conferences at the 2016 ICFP. The press conferences will take place following the plenary sessions from 10:30-11:30 AM on Tuesday (26 January), Wednesday (27 January) and Thursday (28 January). All press conferences will take place at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Mengwi Room 6.

Below please find an overview of the official ICFP press conferences. Speakers will be announced closer to the start of the conference.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016: Family Planning and the Sustainable Development Goals
During this press conference, speakers will discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which officially came into effect on 1 January 2016, and how investing in family planning is critical to meeting a range of SDG targets. Speakers will also address how countries can achieve the demographic dividend and will look at the role of local governments, international organizations and NGOs under the new sustainable development framework. Speakers include:

  • Michael Klag, Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (moderator)
  • Honorable Professor Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Finance, Republic of Indonesia
  • Honorable Dr. Awa Marie Coll Seck, Minister of Health and Social Action, Republic of Senegal
  • Benoit Kalasa, Director of the Technical Division, UNFPA
  • Ariel Pablos-Méndez, Assistant Administrator for Global Health and Child and Maternal Health Coordinator, USAID
  • Purnima Mane, President and CEO, Pathfinder

Wednesday, 27 January 2016: Youth Access to Family Planning
As the future generation of leaders and the largest segment of the world’s population, young people play a crucial role in the family planning movement. This press conference will feature a diverse group of dynamic young leaders who are committed to raising awareness about the importance of youth-focused family planning programs. Speakers include:

  • Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver (moderator)
  • Nanda Fitri Wardani, Young Leader, Indonesia
  • Paula Melisa Trad Malmod, Young Leader, Argentina
  • Desmond Nji A, Young Leader, Cameroon
  • Nomtika Mjwana, Young Leader, South Africa
  • Ayesha Memon, Young Leader, Pakistan

Thursday, 28 January 2016: Looking Ahead: Global Commitments and Local Action
Building on conversations throughout the week and the findings from the most recent FP2020 report, this press conference will focus on how the global family planning community can accelerate progress over the next few years in order to reach internationally agreed upon goals. The speakers will highlight key focus areas and discuss the roles of global partners and local governments. As it will be the final press conference of the 2016 ICFP, panelists will also reflect on their main takeaways from the week. Speakers include:

  • Beth Schlachter, Executive Director, Family Planning 2020 (moderator)
  • Surya Chandra Surapaty, Chairman, National Population and Family Planning Board of Indonesia
  • Honorable Dr. Kesete-Birhan Admasu, Minister of Health, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Her Excellency Dr. Daw Thein Thein Htay, Deputy Minister of Health, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar
  • Fatimata Sy, Coordination Unit Director, Ouagadougou Partnership
  • Jagdish Upadhyay, Chief of the Commodity Security Branch, UNFPA

Partners Press Conferences

ICFP partners making announcements or releasing reports are welcome to use the press conference room. The current press conference room schedule can be found here. Partners interested in using the press conference room can email Gillian Leitch with their request. Space will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note: Partner press conferences are self-organized and each organization/partner group will be responsible for promoting and coordinating participation in their respective press conferences. Global Health Strategies will be on-site to provide limited support and to ensure that partner press conferences are listed in the official ICFP press program.

The press conference room can fit 60 people and is not equipped with a slide projector.