Council Commentary

Population Council President Julia Bunting Joins Family Planning 2020 Reference Group

Last week FP2020, the global partnership dedicated to empowering women to access high-quality, voluntary family planning, announced new members to its Reference Group, which provides strategic direction to the partnership.

Julia Bunting, Population Council president, joined leaders from Burkina Faso, Canada, Myanmar, Uganda, and Faith To Action Network as new appointees to this governing body of FP2020.

Julia Bunting is recognized as a catalyst of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. This event brought together the UK government, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNFPA, USAID, national governments, donors, civil society, the private sector, and the research and development community to support the rights of women and girls to decide whether to have children and, if so, when and how many. At the Summit, more than 20 developing-country governments made commitments to enable an additional 120 million girls and women to have access to voluntary family planning information, services, and supplies by 2020, providing the impetus for the FP2020 partnership.

The global community is preparing to convene again in London this July to gauge progress and accelerate momentum towards the FP2020 goals.

“The FP2020 Reference Group represents a powerful visionary force in the global family planning movement that can help drive meaningful change and expansion of country programs,” said Beth Schlachter, FP2020’s Executive Director, in a statement. “Particularly at this time of political transition and financial uncertainty, having more diversity of experience and perspective reflected among this leadership group will help build strength and resilience across the FP2020 platform as the community works towards 2020, and ultimately toward universal access as laid out in the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Read more at FP2020.