07/09/2012 04:46 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Global Motherhood: Pushing For Family Planning To Save Lives

On World Population Day, July 11, 2012, the U.K. Government and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will host the ground breaking London Summit on Family Planning. The summit calls for unprecedented international political commitment and resources to transform the lives of millions of women and girls. The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood welcomes this key opportunity to promote the positive impact of comprehensive family planning services to empower women and save lives.

I bring you this video report from London where I met Stephen O'Brien, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Tewodros Melesse IPPF Director and youth volunteers working in Bangladesh and Zambia about the importance of family planning services to in reducing maternal mortality and empowering women around the world.

Stay tuned for further reporting where we will be speaking to key figures, gathering information on commitments and raising the voices of citizens directly affected by this issue. You can also follow our progress on twitter: @WRAGlobal #fpsummit #WRAvoices