Media Advisory

UNFPA Events at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2022

11 November 2022

PATTAYA CITY, THAILAND — The International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) 2022, the world's largest gathering of family planning and reproductive health professionals, will be held in Pattaya City, Thailand, from 14 - 17 November 2022. UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, which works at every level to support access to safe, voluntary family planning, is a key partner in convening this event. UNFPA will organize and participate in the following side events with partners.


ICFP Political Opening Ceremony
Monday, 14 November | 4.30 – 6 p.m. ICT | PEACH Plenary Hall

Representatives from over 125 countries will gather to launch the world’s largest scientific conference on family planning and reproductive health. They will also confer the Global Humanitarian Awards for Women and Children’s Health.

UNFPA speaker: Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director

Watch the livestream here!


ICFP Opening Ceremony Press Conference
Monday, 14 November | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. ICT | Media Center, PEACH

UNFPA speaker: Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director

Watch the livestream here!


8 Billion: a World of Infinite Possibilities – Evening Reception
Tuesday, 15 November | 7 – 8:30 p.m. ICT | Grand Ballroom, Intercontinental Hotel

It is estimated that the global population will reach 8 billion on 15 November 2022. Eight. Flip the numeral (8) on its side, and you have the symbol for infinity (∞). As eight billion, we have the power to shape our common futures. And by protecting individual rights, we can unlock the unlimited potential of people around the world to address the challenges facing their societies and the global problems imperiling us all. Reaching this milestone is both a cause for celebration and a clarion call for humanity to find solutions to the challenges we face. 

On the Day of Eight Billion, join UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem in marking this milestone for humanity on the margins of the International Conference on Family Planning in Pattaya City, Thailand. 


The Anchor Report: Launch of the UNFPA Strategy for Family Planning, 2022-2030
Tuesday, 15 November | 11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ICT | Livestage, PEACH

Join us as we launch the new UNFPA Strategy for Family Planning! It's an opportunity to hear more about how UNFPA will work with partners to leverage key opportunities to accelerate action, including through innovations in self-managed care, expanding family planning in both high and low fertility contexts, and supporting countries to tap on sustainable financing.

UNFPA interviewee: Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director


Family Planning News Network: The world at 8 billion
Tuesday, 15 November | 2:30 – 2:45 p.m. ICT | Livestage, PEACH

Tune in to hear FPNN Anchor Nthanda Manduwi interview UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, Programme, Diene Keita, and UNFPA Population and Development Branch Chief, Rachel Snow, on shifting population dynamics globally and what we can do to advance rights and choices in a world of 8 billion.

UNFPA interviewees: Diene Keita, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director, Programme; Rachel Snow, Population and Development Branch Chief, UNFPA Technical Division

Watch the livestream here!


The health and economic benefits of investing in family planning and maternal health
Wednesday, 16 November | 11:50 a.m.– 1:10 p.m. ICT | Orchid Ballroom B, Royal Cliff Grand Hotel

UNFPA will be launching powerful new data at this event giving evidence that investing in family planning and maternal health can bring significant economic returns to countries by 2050. By 2050, for every dollar invested:

  • In ending preventable maternal deaths and the unmet need for family planning by 2030 will bring economic benefits of $8.4.
  • In ending female genital mutilation by 2030 will bring economic benefits of $10.1.
  • In ending child marriage by 2030 will bring economic benefits of $33.6.

UNFPA and partner speakers: Arthur Erken, UNFPA Policy and Strategy Division Director; Davide De Beni, Health Economics Adviser, UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Office; Nick Scott, Head, Modelling and Biostatistics, Burnet Institute; Moderator: Bjorn Andersson, UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Regional Director




UNFPA Supplies Partnership Partners’ Assembly
Sunday, 13 November | 12: – 4:30 p.m. ICT | Head of State Chamber, Grand Hotel

Join us at the inaugural session of the Partners’ Assembly – the key stakeholder forum of the UNFPA Supplies Partnership – where we will engage the family planning community in an interactive exchange on programme accountability and effectiveness. 

UNFPA speakers: Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, Diene Keita, Deputy Executive Director, Programme, and Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, Technical Division Director

Register here


Ministerial Roundtable on Sustainable Financing for Family Planning (closed meeting)
Monday, 14 November | 10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. ICT | Pattaya 19. PEACH

This landmark event will reaffirm UNFPA’s position as a global thought leader on sustainable financing and galvanize new government commitments and partnerships in the area of family planning financing.

UNFPA speaker: Diene Keita, Deputy Executive Director, Programme


South–South and triangular cooperation for family planning
Tuesday, 15 November | 11:50 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. ICT | Room: PEACH Pattaya 11

This Ministerial Panel, organized with the Partners in Population and Development, will showcase how countries leverage South–South and triangular cooperation to enhance the capacity of national agencies and organizations in providing family planning services.

UNFPA speaker: Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director

UNFPA moderator: Arthur Erken, Director, Policy and Strategy Division


Demographic diversity and resilience 
Wednesday, 16 November | 2:40 – 4 p.m. ICT | Pattaya 11, PEACH

This panel will delve into changing demographics as a driver for sustainable growth, poverty reduction, and human capital development. It will investigate how countries can promote development by making the right investments in health, family planning, youth empowerment, education, and employment.

UNFPA speakers: Annette Sachs Robertson, Asia Pacific Deputy Regional Director; UNFPA moderator: Rachel Snow, Population and Development Branch Chief, Technical Division



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