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Saraki, Clinton And Other World Leaders For Cleancook Stoves Summit In New York

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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

solutions.
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

and environment.
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

methods.
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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