GACC celebrates three years

GACC-Hillary-Clinton-Shell-Foundation-Cookstoves.jpgOn 26 September 2013, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (the Alliance) celebrated their third anniversary – announcing the appointment of Hillary Clinton to chair the Alliance’s Leadership Council at a special celebration event in Washington, DC.

“We need to keep the Alliance going and growing,” said Clinton. “Find more partners, expand the market, put more stoves in the hands of consumers, save more lives. That’s what the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is all about – and that’s why I will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter and partner.”

The Alliance was established in 2010 by UN Foundation and Shell Foundation to work across the public and private sector to catalyse a thriving clean cookstove sector. Since 2010, the Alliance have mobilised $235 million of public and private investments into the sector.

We need to keep the Alliance going and growing, find more partners, expand the market, put more stoves in the hands of consumers, save more lives

Hillary Clinton

The former Secretary of State gave a speech reflecting the Alliance’s achievements – and highlighting particular momentum in Bangladesh, China, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. The audience cheered when she spoke of the work being done to develop and promote global standards and enhance testing centres.

Already the Alliance is playing an important role in supporting clean cook stove manufacturers to overcome market barriers –and have seen their partnerships increase from 19 to over 800. This signifies not only a growing sector but also the need for an organisation support market building activities.

View speeches by Radha Muthiah, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton below.

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