Fresh off his European tour promoting his new album “Branches of the Same Tree,” Ghanaian international musician and activist Rocky Dawuni is heading home to Accra early next month.
Dawuni will be in Ghana to promote an issue close to his heart – clean cooking. As an Ambassador for the United Nations Foundation-hosted Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, Dawuni will be speaking and performing at the bi-annual Clean Cooking Forum 2015, which is being held for the first time in Accra Nov 10-13 and will feature more than 400 global leaders, experts, advocates and entrepreneurs working to change the way millions of people cook.
Around the world, more than 3 billion people rely on open fires and rudimentary stoves burning solid fuels like wood, dung, and charcoal to cook their food. Cooking this way has far-reaching impacts on human health and the environment. In Ghana, more than 80% of people still cook with solid fuels, and Dawuni will highlight the need for people to switch to cleaner, more efficient cookstoves and fuels, which saves lives, empowers women, improves livelihoods, and protects the environment.
Join us for the 2015 Clean Cooking Forum November 10-13, the largest international biennial gathering of professionals working to advance the clean cooking sector. Hosted by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves at the Alisa Hotel in Accra, Ghana, this year’s Forum will bring together more than 400 global leaders from the private sector, government, finance, civil society, academia, the UN, and Development Banks, for four days of informative sessions, plenaries, networking, site visits, and clean cooking demonstrations. The Forum theme Accelerating Markets. Scaling Solutions. will mark the Alliance’s 5th Anniversary and convene global stakeholders to share best practices and business models, forge new partnerships, and strengthen the sector toward a 100 million household clean cooking adoption goal by 2020.
The Alliance is pleased to hold this year’s Forum in Ghana, where the national commitment to clean cooking is strong and where government, private sector, and civil society partners are working collaboratively to spur a thriving local market for clean cookstoves and fuels. We are fortunate to have Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Hanna Tetteh as co-host of this year’s event, as well as the support of the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GHACCO), who will help showcase their sector’s technical innovation, market growth and future potential.
The 2015 Clean Cooking Forum will offer you an opportunity to come together with others in the sector, learn practical ways to further grow your enterprises and expand your markets, and establish partnerships to further your individual and collective efforts. You will also have the chance to learn about new Alliance programs to raise awareness of the benefits of clean cooking and drive demand for cleaner cookstoves and fuels toward a world in which cooking shouldn’t kill.