Visit International Conference on Family Planning *The November 2015 ICFP was postponed due to volcanic eruptions on the neighboring island of Lombok; the ICFP has been rescheduled for 25-28 January 2016.
The fourth International Conference on Family Planning will take place in Nusa Dua, Indonesia, 25-28 January 2016. Co-hosted by the Gates Institute and the National Population and Family Planning Board of Indonesia (BKKBN), the conference is expected to draw several thousand researchers, program implementers, policymakers, advocates, youth leaders, media, and representatives of local and international organizations. More than 2,200 individual scientific abstracts and preformed panels were submitted for consideration—the largest number in conference history.
Great progress has been made since the inaugural ICFP in Kampala, Uganda, in 2009, which urged the family planning community to scale up best practices with effective programs and policy changes. Two years later, the 2011 ICFP convened the family planning field in Dakar, Senegal, to focus on improving family planning services in Francophone Africa. Following the successful launch of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) during the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, the 2013 ICFP brought together more than 3,400 people in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to celebrate progress made toward achieving “Full Access, Full Choice.”
This time, the ICFP will be held in Indonesia, a leader in innovative family planning programming. More than 200 sessions will take place over three days, including more than 500 individual oral presentations, 80 panel presentations, and 450 poster presentations. In addition, the conference includes a number of special opportunities for attendees to engage with each other and with the field of family planning, including:
- The Marketplace of Ideas: Onstage in the exhibit hall, participants will have 15 minutes to share an innovation designed to spark conversation and collaboration.
- Roundtables: Topical roundtables are devoted to particular topics or issues in family planning; seating is first-come, first-served. Youth and mid-career professionals can share a meal and conversation with CEOs of prominent family planning organizations; seats were filled in advance of the conference.
- Auxiliary Events: number of auxiliary events are being held both on-site at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center and off-site at area hotels and venues.
- Family Planning Voices (FP Voices): This storytelling project of K4Health, FP2020, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation aims to capture the diverse voices of people working in family planning around the world.
Outstanding achievements in the field will also be recognized by the EXCELL Awards and the inaugural Global Humanitarian Awards for Women’s and Children’s Health, which recognize individuals who, with great vision and leadership, have invested private wealth to advance reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health, especially family planning, at the country and global level.
To learn more about the ICFP, please visit the conference website.