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Women spend triple the amount of time on unpaid duties, like collecting firewood, as men.

Radha's Message
Radha Muthiah

Dear Friends,

Greater efforts are needed if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This was the sobering conclusion of the UN’s SDG progress report released this month as part of the annual High-Level Political Forum (HLPF). In the report and at the HLPF in New York, we heard what many of us know all too well: household and ambient air pollution are the greatest environmental health risks; women can’t reach their fullest potential while spending triple the amount of time on unpaid duties such as cooking and fuel gathering as men; and more must be done to promote clean cooking’s benefits and encourage increased investment and financing across the sector.

Despite the report’s assessment, the HLPF left me energized. Challenges remain ahead, but a shift has taken place around clean cooking. Addressing this issue has become a “must do” on the global priority list. We’re no longer a periphery issue pushed only by those of us in the cookstoves and fuels community. Leaders and advocates working on global health, women’s empowerment, climate, and the environment see clean cooking as critical to achieving their own goals. The mainstreaming of clean cooking beyond traditional actors will be a major focus for this year’s Clean Cooking Forum in October in India, and I encourage you to join the discussions to see how we can continue working together to deliver impact across a wide range of development issues.

I also close with a sincere thank you to all of you who have already shared your 2016 distribution results with us. This data we compile each year is the main mechanism the Alliance uses to track self-reported progress and growth in the cookstoves and fuels sector. For those who haven't already submitted your information, I invite you to visit the survey online as soon as possible before the deadline closes next month.

Our work continues,


Radha Muthiah

From the Alliance
Early bird Forum registration closing soon

Register for the Clean Cooking Forum before August 1st to take advantage of the $100 early bird discount or to apply for a limited number of travel scholarships.

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A new handbook to help entrepreneurs boost product performance and usability

A new handbook from the Alliance and MIT's D-Lab aims to help designers and entrepreneurs by translating recent R&D advances into practical approaches for improving biomass cookstove performance, usability, and affordability. 


HLPF — Progress on SDGs and clean cooking

Clean cooking and related issues have been incorporated into the 2030 Agenda as a result of advocacy by the Alliance and its partners. The UN’s annual SDG report, released ahead of the High Level Political Forum, highlights progress across a broad set of areas, including cooking.

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From the Sector
Clean cooking takes center stage at Cannes

Participants at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity got an unexpected lesson in clean cooking at the influential event this year, which celebrates the power of creativity as a force for business, change and for good.

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BP expands carbon offset portfolio into cooking

As part of its Target Neutral program, BP announced its carbon reduction investment portfolio will include cookstoves and fuels projects in India, Peru, China, and Mexico.

Power with Purpose: five women leading global development

Devex, a global development media platform, chose five women who are at the forefront of creating positive change around the world, including one champion of clean cooking.

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The young entrepreneur bringing clean air to India's villages

When he started his business six years ago, Alliance grantee Ankit Mathur wanted to improve the lives of India's 900 million villagers, and do something about the country's air. A CNN profile shows how he's doing both — by changing the way rural Indians cook.

Does providing energy access improve the lives of women and girls?

To improve the lives of girls and women, energy access initiatives must be coupled with other development interventions, says a new report from Oxfam.

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The Fight for Light: Improving energy access through digital payments

A new report from the Better Than Cash Alliance examines new business models and government initiatives for energy access that rely upon digital payments. 

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Partner Spotlight
Ghana Energy Commission

The Ghana Energy Commission, which was featured at HLPF this month, promotes the social and economic well-being of Ghanaians through improved development and use of energy resources.

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The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a United Nations Foundation-hosted public-private partnership to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance's goal calls for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working with over 1700 public, private, and non-profit partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean cookstoves and fuels in the developing world.

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