The crisis of unintended pregnancies: Shortcomings of modern contraception

The crisis of unintended pregnancies: Shortcomings of modern contraception

On the occasion of the launch of the 2022 UNFPA State of the World Population Report, we are pleased to invite you to a seminar on ‘The crisis of unintended pregnancies: Shortcomings of modern contraception’ on 24 May 2022.

The report is titled ‘Seeing the Unseen: The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy’ and through speeches, research presentations, testimonial videos and a panel, we want to address this crisis and discuss the ways forward for modern contraception.

HRH The Crown Princess will attend the event as an honorary listener.

Please register here.

Registration closes 23 May at 12:00. Only 100 seats available.


This year's State of World Population Report focuses on the fact that almost half of all pregnancies - a total of 121 million pregnancies each year - are unintended. For the affected women and girls, one of the most important choices in life - whether one wants to be pregnant or not - is not a choice at all.

The groundbeaking report warns that this not only constitutes a failure to fulfill a basic human right, but is a crisis that has serious consequences. Consequences for society, women and girls, for global health, and for the achievement of the Sustainable Development foals. Over 60% of unintended pregnancies end in abortions. 45% of abortions take place under unsafe conditions and cost thousands of women and young girls their lives every year.

Globally, it is estimated that 257 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not protected by effective contraception. About half of women who start using contraception stop within two years. They often stop due to its side effects, not because of a change in need.

In a number of countries, on average, barely a quarter of all women are unable to say no to sex with their partner. Moreover, there may be social pressure on women and girls to become mothers.

In other words, unintended pregnancies are not necessarily the result of personal error but of inadequate forms of contraception; of women's lack of self-determination; of the value one attributes to women's lives.


Doors open and mingling
13:25 Welcome to the HRH The Crown Princess
Welcome by Bente Merete Stallknecht, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Video testimonial from the Masanga Hospital in Sierra Leone: Setting the scene
Q&A with Ib Petersen, Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA, and Flemming Møller Mortensen, Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister for Nordic Cooperation
Video testimonial from the Masanga Hospital in Sierra Leone: The issues of modern contraception

Presentations from:

  • Anders Aagaard Rehfeld, Researcher, Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen: A new male method of contraception
  • Øjvind Lidegaard, Professor, Researcher, Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen: Side effects of hormonal contraception
  • Maria Lindhardt, Senior Political Advisor, Danish Family Planning Association: Societal barriers to contraceptive use in a development context
Panel discussion: The ways forward for modern contraception
Final questions to Flemming Møller Mortensen og Ib Petersen: What have we learnt today, and how can it be used to impact new policies and strategies for the future?
14:30 Thank you for today
Mingling and soft drinks in the View Point