The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves celebrated its two-year anniversary Monday with a host of announcements, which combined, are instrumental toward accomplishing its mission to create a global market for clean, safe, and efficient cooking technologies.
Ghanaian international music star and creative activist, Rocky Dawuni, was named the newest member of the Alliance?s Ambassadors, which included Academy Award-winning actor Julia Roberts and Chef Jose Andres.
?As a musician, I know how to use my voice and my heart to connect with people, and when I learned that cooking kills two million people worldwide every year, I knew I had to stand up and speak out to help the Alliance raise awareness,? said Dawuni before a room of hundreds of Alliance partners and other guests. ?In my native Ghana, throughout Africa, and around the world, it?s clear that the time for clean cookstoves and fuels is now, and I?m ready to do my part to assist the Alliance in reaching its goal.?
In introducing Dawuni, Alliance Executive Director Radha Muthiah noted his lifetime pursuits of social justice and gender equality made him a true asset as an Alliance Ambassador.
At the event, world leaders from civil society, the private sector, and the philanthropic community as well as research pioneers and government representatives came together during the UN General Assembly to discuss the multiple facets of the household air pollution issue, which impacts three billion people daily, and to make major new announcements on behalf of the Alliance, its partners and the sector.