March 9, 2016

Business leaders


In partnership with the Global Alliance of Clean Cooking, a public-private partnership hosted by the UN Foundation, we connect with thought leaders around the world, to help create awareness and to get Clean Cookstoves in as many households that need them. 

kofi-ananFor too long, cooking has been a silent killer in developing countries around the world. Finally, we are seeing a growing momentum around this issue. Thanks to the Alliance and its many partners, millions more people are now using clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels. We must continue to build on this new momentum and ensure solving this global problem remains a global priority.

Kofi-A Annan, 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations




We are making progress on a solvable issue that negatively impacts millions of women and children worldwide. Proving what can happen when the private sector, governments, nonprofit and civic organizations work together, the collective efforts of the Global Alliance with members of the Clinton Global Initiative will enable 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020.”

Bill Clinton, Founder Clinton Foundation, 42nd President of the United States



I have seen countlemahanass women in Ghana suffering from chronic illnesses caused from breathing in smoke from cooking fires and girls carrying large amounts of firewood to burn. But we can change this as we strive to reach the Sustainable Development Goals, we must do everything to ensure that clean cooking is a local and global priority.”

John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana




nickhurdIn Africa, women can spend four hours per day collecting firewood, time that could be better spent learning or earning. That’s why clean and affordable energy and cooking are important factors to ensuring that girls and women are educated and empowered. The UK Government is a proud partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.”

Nick Hurd, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
Women of India have faced the curse of smoke during the process of cooking. According to experts having an open fire in the kitchen is like burning 400 cigarettes an hour. The time has come to remedy this situation.”

Sri Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, India


john-kerryOne of the many reasons addressing climate change is so critical is the fact that climate solutions not only safeguard our environment – they also safeguard the health of women and their families around the world. The work that the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is doing is a perfect example of how simple, but critical improvements can benefit communities in a number of different ways. By empowering women in developing countries to choose to cook with cleaner cookstoves and fuels, we can cut down on the harmful greenhouse gas emissions coming from dirty, outdated stoves. At the same time, we will bet
ter protect those who use these appliances – predominantly women and girls – from inadvertently breathing in toxic fumes as they work to feed their loved ones‎.”

John Kerry, Secretary of State United States


We must do all possible to support women who suffer the most from reliance on using solid biomass to cook, with children on their backs, working so hard to feed their households.” – Akinwumi A. Adesina,
President, African Development Bank


The Alliance’s successful market-based, multi-stakeholder model has helped an increasing number of women and girls have access to clean cookstoves and fuels as consumers, users, and market players.
The UN Foundation is proud to be a founding partner of this initiative that is contributing to women’s empowerment through tangible solutions, and also contributes to environmental protection, energy access, public health, and economic development.” – 
Ted Turner, Turner Enterprises,  Founder/ Chairman United Nations Foundationunf-logo


A global market for clean cookstoves is helping to bring cleaner energy to women around the world, which can help improve health and protect the environment.” – Chad Holliday, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell


By ensuring women have access to clean cooking solutions, women will experience multiple benefits through health, livelihoods, and socio-economic well-being. Clean cooking is a particularly compelling opportunity to improve the lives of women and their families in India.”  – Narayana Murthy, Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Limited

Willpower, technology and innovation will solve the greatest social and economic issues of our time. Clean cookstoves and fuels are a clear example of how socially-minded interventions can bring many desired benefits to the global economy, while also having a major impact on women’s empowerment, which will have a multiplier effect on the well-being of their households and communities. Unilever is proud to be partnering with many to achieve impact on this issue.”  Paul Polman, CEO Unilever


In developing regions throughout the world, women do most of the cooking and often spend hours breathing toxic smoke from wood-burning ovens. We must better protect women from this damaging practice by increasing access to clean cooking mechanisms such as concrete stoves, which can have a multiplier effect on the overall economy.” Fernando González, CEO, CEMEX


By bringing clean cooking fuel to users we are stopping deforestation, stopping indoor air pollution, and enabling farmers and the women to earn a living. More kids are in school getting the education they need.” Sanga Moses, CEO, Eco-Fuel Africa

Julia Roberts, actress, USA

I am proud to stand with Secretary Clinton to work to reduce the senseless and preventable deaths from unsafe cooking conditions in developing countries, and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. – Julia Roberts, actress

hugh-jackman-wins-golden-globeHugh Jackman, actor, Australia

In the process of filming the documentary Dukale’s Dream in Ethiopia, I saw firsthand the serious health and environmental impacts of cooking over open fires. Women and children suffer from respiratory illnesses by breathing smoky air each time they prepare meals for their families. We need to raise awareness about this deadly issue and improve women’s health by providing access to clean cookstoves and fuels.” – Hugh Jackman, Actor

rockyRocky Dawuni, musician, Ghana

Cooking is a joyful thing, but in developing countries, there is a huge cost to it. People are starting to wake up about the dangers of household air pollution from cooking smoke. People often focus only on big solutions, but the small things – like how people cook their food — if we can change it for the better – it can change millions of lives, especially for women and girls, who are the most affected.” – Rocky Dawuni, Grammy-nominated Musician

appiahStephen Appiah, soccer player, Ghana

For me, it’s very simple – cooking should never be a hazard to the health and well-being of women and their families. If cooking kills, then I don’t want to eat.” 

Stephen grew up around the harmful and inefficient cooking methods that are still prevalent across Ghana and pursuing a career in professional soccer. Appiah (also known as Tornado, Il Capitano, and the Legend) is a former captain and midfielder for the Ghanaian national soccer team, the Black Stars. Earlier in his career, Appiah played for the Ghanaian Under 17 World Cup team, Accra Hearts of Oak, and Udinese. Appiah then developed his skills and career in Europe, where he played with Parma, Brescia, Juventus, and Fenerbahce.

zhao weiZhao Wei, actress, China

I am proud to be the Ambassador of the Clean Cooking Alliance and will communicate to my fans advocating for clean cooking, clean air and a better future for the world.

Zhao Wei, also known as Vicki Zhao, is an internationally renowned Chinese actress and director. She is one of the most popular celebrities in China, with over 75 million followers on Sina Weibo (equivalent of Twitter). Zhao is a darling of the Chinese film industry and became an Asian superstar overnight for starring as Xiaoyanzi (“Little Swallow”) in the 1990’s Chinese TV series My Fair Princess. She then started filming movies and has had many box-office smash-hits movies, including Shaolin Soccer (2001), Red Cliff I&II (2008-2009), Mulan (2009) Painted Skin I&II (2008, 2012) and Dearest (2014). Her directorial debut with the film ‘So Young’ became one of China’s highest grossing films. Zhao actively participates in charitable work and has helped raise funds for disaster relief in China in her role as An ambassador for UNICEF and China’s Red Cross.