In November “more than a 1,000 family planning experts will gather in Senegal to examine cutting edge research and family planning programs” at the second International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP). This year’s conference has dedicated one of its tracks to the family planning needs of youth. The international attention to the unique needs of this population could not be more timely. In developing countries, as many as one-third of adolescent girls give birth before their 20th birthday. Furthermore, lack of access to family planning services leads to approximately 7.4 million unintended adolescent pregnancies every year. 

To help ensure that the attention on the family planning needs of young people is translated into action  in the field, the IYWG is hosting our annual meeting as a conference auxiliary event. This year’s meeting, What’s Next? Maintaining the Focus on Youth After Dakar will focus on applying conference lessons to the field of youth sexual and reproductive health. If you are attending the ICFP in Dakar, please join us as leading experts on youth sexual and reproductive health, programmers, researchers and young people share their insights and experience in an informal setting. To learn more about our annual meeting and about the other exciting events the IYWG is sponsoring at the ICFP, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you in Dakar.