In partnership with UNFCCC and UNIDO the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves co-hosted the first in a series of south-south workshops that will provide critical tools to help countries meet their Paris Climate Agreement commitments through clean cooking. 

Representatives from the Ministries of Environment, Climate, Energy, and Natural Resources of 15 countries were joined by speakers from the UNDP, IFC, Berkley Air Monitoring, Johns Hopkins University, Peking University, OFID and the private sector. Working to transform climate plans into action, participants and speakers outlined supportive international and national policy frameworks, potential opportunities for financing and how to pursue them, and key lessons learned from their respective countries’ previous experiences in clean cooking interventions. 

“While at the workshop, I saw how clean cooking benefited the health and environment of other country’s citizens – it benefits real lives,” said Rafael Ngumbu, who works with Liberia’s Environment Protection Agency. “I am learning from the case of Ghana, Nigeria, and others, and I plan to take back these lessons to create awareness about the benefits of clean cookstoves amongst people in Liberia.”

The workshop overlapped with the BRIDGE for Cities event on sustainable urban communities, which allowed attendees to also gather information on how clean household energy contributes to smarter and more sustainable cities. With financial support from Vanke Foundation, this event was the launch of a workshop series that will advance clean cooking at an international, national, and sub-national level through South-South Cooperation.