Saraki, Clinton And Other World Leaders For Cleancook Stoves Summit In New York
The Senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial district and Chairman,
Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology is set to join former U.S.
Secretary of State and other members of the Clean Cookstove Alliance
Leadership Council: Hillary Rodham Clinton; U.K. Under-Secretary of State,
Lynne Featherstone; Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende; Ghanaian
Foreign Minister Hanna Tetteh; and US Administrator for the Agency of
International Development, Rajiv Shah in New York at the Global Alliance
for CleanCookStoves Future Summit hosted by the United Nations Foundation.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership
hosted by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve
livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a
thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking
The Alliance's 100 by 2020 goals calls for 100 million households to adopt
clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. The Alliance is working
with its public, private and non-profit partners to help overcome the
market barriers that currently impede the production, deployment, and use
of clean cookstoves and fuels in developing countries.
Saraki who will be giving an assessment of the use and effect of clean
cook stoves in Nigeria at the Summit will again be advocating fervently
for a safe cooking environment in Nigeria and other developing countries
to minimize health challenges that originate from poor cooking facilities
Ahead of the Summit on 20th-21st of November, 2014, Saraki had visited
some beneficiaries of the clean cook stoves across Kwara Central in order
to assess the utility of the modernized cooking facility, the economic and
environmental margin between the clean cook stoves and traditional cooking
Speaking to one of the beneficiaries in Ilorin the Kwara state capital,
Miss Esther in Irewolede housing estate, who got the LPG gas said the
facility has ameliorated the cooking pattern in her family. “We have
really been enjoying the LPG gas in our family, it is easier for me to
cook for my parents and siblings because the gas burner is faster. Also,
it is of great benefit economically because it's cheaper to maintain
compare to kerosene stove and coal pot which bring more stress, dirt and
environmental disorder in cooking processes” she said.
On his part, speaking to stakeholders in the Clean Cookstoves project at a
sitting of the Senate Committee on Environment and Ecology, Senator Saraki
said that he believes that Nigeria's participation in the CleanCookStoves
Alliance will bring about improved health, higher income savings and
better wellbeing for low income earners.
Saraki who is the highest political office holder In Nigeria to take up
the CleanCook Initiative was able to use his position as Chairman Senate
Committee on Environment and Ecology to include the initiative in the
appropriation Acts of 2012, 2013 and 2014.
With thousands of cook stoves already distributed in Akwa Ibom and Kwara
States, Senator Saraki further stated that we have an obligation to ensure
that all Nigerians have access to basic Amenities of life – including
safer and healthier cooking methods.
The Global Alliance has continued to advocate for safe cooking processes
and environments in developing countries. During the first phase of the
project, the Alliance and its partners hope to help over 20 million
households adopt cleaner and more efficient cookstoves and fuels. These
clean cooking solutions have helped save tens of thousands of lives,
protected millions of trees in vulnerable ecosystems, and created hundreds
of thousands of jobs. However, in the Phase 2, the Alliance will further
catalyze markets and spur adoption by designing transformational global,
national, and community-based public awareness campaigns that underscore
the multifaceted problem and promote sustainable behavior change. The
Alliance will continue work to ensure a steady infusion of capital for
innovation, production, distribution, and consumer financing mechanisms
that enable greater purchase and adoption of clean cooking solutions by
those who need them most.
In addition to this, the Alliance will bolster large-scale research
efforts, national and international standards processes, labeling and
certification of cookstoves, and enterprise and NGO capacity-building to
create a thriving marketplace capable of reaching the last mile.
On November 20-21, 2014 in New York City, the Global Alliance for Clean
Cookstoves will host the Cookstoves Future Summit. This event will bring
together leaders from across the international community to celebrate
progress in spurring the adoption of clean cooking solutions and to
galvanize further efforts to address the deadly issue of household air
pollution. The collective action of this high-level group will help
guarantee success in mobilizing the resources needed to transform the way
the world cooks.
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