Flagship Partnerships Reach Key Milestones

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco J. Sanchez introduces President Barack Obamas video message at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 11, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Jacob Moss serves as Director of the U.S. Cookstoves Initiative, and Dr. Joshua Walker serves as Senior Advisor for Office of the Secretary’s Global Partnerships Initiative.

In Saturday’s blog posting, Special Representative Kris Balderston announced we would be launching a multi-day blog series highlighting the Global Partnership Initiative’s successes this past year. Today’s installment outlines key achievements for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the Partners for a New Beginning.

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Since Secretary Clinton launched the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in 2010, it has become a… more »

Cooking Shouldn’t Kill

A woman cooks over a fire in Vietnam, Aug. 3, 2007. [AP File Photo]

About the Authors: Kris Balderston serves as Special Representative for the Secretary of State’s Global Partnerships Initiative, and Jacob Moss serves as U.S. Coordinator for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

On Wednesday, the world’s leading general medical journal The Lancet released a major new report which estimates that household air pollution attributed to cooking over open fires or basic cookstoves causes the premature… more »

The United States Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves - Year Two Progress Report

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 25, 2012

In honor of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ second anniversary, the United States is pleased to announce that total investment in support of the Alliance and clean cookstoves has reached up to $114 million. This investment represents a nearly $10 million increase over the past year and will help the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves and fuels by 2020. The new commitments target a wide range of work, including: climate and cookstoves research; expansion of existing health research to include cookstoves; investments in Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Sudan; additional health evaluation efforts in Kenya and Guatemala; and small business funding. All U.S. federal agencies are meeting or exceeding their commitment to the Alliance. The six agencies that were part of the original U.S. commitment have invested over $35 million to date, meeting 70% of their original five-year, $50 million commitment.

The State Department, under the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, has undertaken a wide range of diplomatic activities to advance the Alliance and the cookstoves sector.

Key Second Year Accomplishments include:

  • Extended partnership with countries across the globe, including China, South Africa, Sweden, Afghanistan, Laos, and Mexico
  • Engaged with U.S. embassies abroad to support Alliance activities in priority countries
  • Developed strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants from cookstoves in collaboration with the new Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Original 5-Year Commitment: $370,000 MORE

2011: The Year in Global Partnerships
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with Chef José Andrés, Culinary Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on September 13, 2011. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Kris M. Balderston serves as Special Representative for Global Partnerships.

In 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton continued to champion cross-sectoral partnerships as a cornerstone of her 21st Century Statecraft. In support of her priorities, the Global Partnership Initiative (GPI) focused on four flagship initiatives last year:

Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Over the past year, our work on clean cookstoves has continued to thrive. In 2011, we built the Alliance infrastructure and strategic base, launched major communications initiatives, and began a wide range of operational priorities, much of which was either led by the U.S. government or made possible because of our strong commitment.

In May,… more »

Joint Op-Ed By Secretary Clinton and Julia Roberts: ‘Clean Stoves’ Would Save Lives, Cut Pollution
Women in India use a clean cookstove, undated. [AP File Photo]

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Julia Roberts, Global Ambassador for the Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, co-authored this op-ed published by USA Today on May 6, 2011. The full text of the op-ed follows and can be read online here. More information on Ms. Roberts’ role with the Alliance can be found here.

'Clean Stoves' Would Save Lives, Cut Pollution
This Mother’s Day weekend, most of us will enjoy a home-cooked meal — maybe even breakfast in… more »