The 2012 London Summit on Family Planning was intended to reenergize the global family planning community, but the enthusiasm it unleashed far exceeded expectations. Leaders from 150 donor and developing countries, international agencies, civil society organizations, foundations, and the private sector joined together to endorse the goal of expanding access to contraceptives to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries. 

FP2020 carries forward this momentum. Since its launch, more than 25,000 individuals and organizations have expressed interest in joining FP2020, and the constellation of stakeholders continues to grow. 

FP2020 has developed a platform that recognizes change must occur on multiple levels, across multiple sectors, by enabling a broad range of allies to participate in their area of expertise. The structure of FP2020 fosters the cross-pollination of ideas and creates a space to reach consensus, especially on crucial matters such as indicators to monitor progress. 

Equally important are the things FP2020 does not do. It does not create bottlenecks by funneling all participants into one-size-fits-all strategies. In recognition that duplicative reporting structures create significant administrative burdens, FP2020 does not require countries to adhere to a new reporting regime. FP2020 does not divert attention from its constituent stakeholders, but rather magnifies their ability to mobilize resources and deliver life-saving services. 


FP2020 is governed by a Reference Group that sets the overall strategic direction and drives coordination among the partnership’s stakeholders. The Reference Group has 18 members representing governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, and the private sector. 

The current Co-Chairs of the Reference Group are Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, and Dr. Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To date, the Reference Group has met four times: in December 2012 and in March, May, and September 2013. 

FP2020 has a Task Team responsible for the implementation of day-to-day activities. It is led by Valerie DeFillipo, reports to the Reference Group, and is hosted by the UN Foundation. The Task Team monitors overall progress for reporting to countries and to the Reference Group, coordinates across other entities and external groups, and supports Working Group strategies and implementation.  Read more about the FP2020 structure on page 15 of the full progress report. Download now.