In 2016 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into force. Adopted by global leaders at a 2015 United Nations Summit, the 17 goals aim to end poverty and inequality, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity. To make progress toward the SDGs and their underlying targets by 2030, countries around the world are establishing frameworks and mobilizing efforts to ensure social, economic, and environmental development.
Investing in family planning contributes to the advancement of virtually all of the SDGs. When couples choose voluntary family planning to space or limit pregnancies, it allows them to better utilize limited resources, thereby increasing household wealth and improving nutrition and health. Family planning contributes to gender equality by helping girls prevent early pregnancy, extend their education, and make important life choices. It also enhances environmental sustainability and national and international security by alleviating the pressures of rapid population growth and urbanization on economic and social resources.
HP+ works with policymakers across sectors to promote greater support of and resources for family planning in order to achieve the SDGs. The project aims to empower local stakeholders to translate the global goals into actionable policies and plans at the national and subnational levels, and to promote evidence-based decision making through the skillful use of data and advocacy. As part of this work, HP+ is: