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Bogotá, Colombia Makes History as the First Latin American Host of Seventh International Conference on Family Planning in November 2025

Mar 21, 2024

ICFP Global Community Breaks Ground in Latin America:

Celebrating Colombia’s Achievements and Regional Insights in SRHR

The vibrant city of Bogotá, Colombia made history today as the first Latin American host city for the seventh International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), scheduled for 3-6 November 2025. This landmark decision, supported by the William H. Gates Sr. Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, the Government of Colombia, Profamilia, and Fundación Valle del Lili as co-hosts, marks a significant milestone for Latin America and the global family planning community.

 

From the ICFP International Steering Committee Chair Jose “Oying” Rimon II

“Thousands of delegates coming from more than 120 countries can learn from the experience of Latin America and Colombia in particular about universal health coverage and how family planning and reproductive health services and demand are successfully addressed,”said Jose Rimon II, Director of the William H. Gates Sr. Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins University and Chair of the ICFP International Steering Committee. “Through the creative use of the ‘sin’ taxes in combination with solidarity fund, the learnings from the health insurance schemes can provide unique insights into how best the public and the private sectors can play reinforcing roles in advancing sustainable, high-quality health care for its citizens”  

Rimon continued, “Ministers, parliamentarians, policy makers, local government leaders, scientists, researchers, implementers, and representatives from the civil society organizations and philanthropic organizations can adopt from Latin America’s innovations to influence their own countries quest for universal health care.” 

Why Colombia?

The selection of Colombia as the host country for the 2025 ICFP marks a significant milestone in the conference’s history. After extensive deliberation and evaluation of potential host countries, Colombia emerged as the top choice, reflecting its exemplary commitment to advancing reproductive health and rights. Colombia’s progressive policies exemplify its commitment to fostering an environment where every individual can make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health. This landmark legislation serves as a testament to Colombia’s dedication to advancing reproductive rights and health equity.

The Government of Colombia’s unwavering commitment to reproductive health and family planning initiatives has been instrumental in securing Bogotá as the host city. Key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Ministry of Equity, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Education have actively endorsed and supported these critical efforts. 

The significance of hosting the 2025 ICFP extends beyond academic and policy discussions. Bogotá, known for its central location in the Americas and modern infrastructure, offers unparalleled access and logistical support for international events. Join us in Bogotá as we convene to shape a brighter future for family planning and reproductive health, uniting stakeholders from around the world in pursuit of health equity and empowerment for all. 

Stay tuned for more updates and announcements as we prepare for the 2025 ICFP. Let the countdown to this landmark event begin!

 

About the International Conference on Family Planning

Since its inaugural event in Kampala, Uganda in 2009, the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) has become a pivotal catalyst in global reproductive health. This world conference is a strategic inflection point for nations, institutions, and individuals seeking to pledge commitments and celebrate successes in family planning and reproductive health. 

More than a conference, ICFP has evolved into a digital platform resonating with researchers, health equity champions, governments, and communities alike. It’s a dynamic movement propelling universal family planning access, underpinned by a vibrant community fueled by collaboration, inclusivity, innovation, and scientific integrity. ICFP stands as a testament to our shared commitment to shaping a world where every individual’s reproductive health is safeguarded, and where the principles of partnership, progress, and empowerment illuminate the path forward. 

ICFP is made possible with support from the ICFP Core Organizing Group—Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,  United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Foundation (UNF), Family Planning 2030 (FP2030), Population Services International (PSI), Marie Stopes International (MSI), International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DfID) and Government of Canada, as well as the International Steering Committee comprised of more than 75 partner organizations, and the Colombian National Steering Committee.

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