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International Summit To Be Held In London Aims To Provide 120M Women With Family Planning Services

The Guardian reports on a “major summit” to be held in London on July 11, which “aims to provide access to family planning to 120 million women at an estimated cost of $4 billion.” According to the newspaper, the summit “is being organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the British government’s department for international development (DFID),” and “[b]etween 20 and 25 countries are scheduled to attend, including the U.S., India, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania.”

“The executive director of the U.N. Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, in an interview with the Guardian, described proposals at the summit to turn family planning into a global movement as ‘transformational,'” the newspaper adds (MacAskill, 6/10). In related news, the Hindu writes, “India has decided to throw its weight behind the civil society on issues related to family planning, and articulate its rights-based approach at” the summit (Dhar, 6/9).