2.8 billion people worldwide are still reliable on traditional and dirty fuels such as charcoal, firewood, animal dung or kerosene for their daily cooking needs. Therefore, they are severely exposed to household air pollution resulting in serious health issues.
The majority of them live in 20 High Impact Countries (HICs) in Africa and Asia. There is an urgent need to support these countries in developing cleaner fuel options to tackle this problem.
In this context, within the framework of the G20 declarations and recommendations for Forward-looking Options for Enabling Pathways for Universal Access to Energy, UNIDO and Clean Cooking Alliance together with the African Union (AU); UN-Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) and its multilateral donor community; and the Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) intend to support the 20 HICs in their efforts in transitioning to renewable biofuel-based transportation and cooking solutions, relying on their agriculture and industrial strength. This in turn will also contribute to their SDG targets and NDC commitments.
Our Expert Group Meeting (EGM) of key policy and decision makers from the HICs and all other relevant stakeholders will be organized to deliberate and identify strategies to achieve universal access to clean energy for cooking and create an impact by 2030.
For Session 1 on "The Opportunity, Challenge and Approach", please register here.
For Session 2 on "Linking Agriculture, Industry, Energy and Markets", please register here.