HLPF Side Event: Accelerated Actions and Transformative Pathways on Clean Cooking for the Delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 7


Side event:
Accelerated Actions and Transformative Pathways on Clean Cooking for the Delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 7

Online event: July 9, 2020 12:00 – 13:30 EDT / 18:00 – 19:30 CEST


With over 4 million people dying every year from noncommunicable diseases caused by household air pollution and 2.8 billion still lacking access to clean cooking solutions, accelerating progress towards universal access to clean cooking fuels and technologies must be a top political, economic, and environmental priority. The COVID-19 outbreak has stressed the need for targeted actions and investments to build back better, increase resilience and tackle one the biggest challenges of our time.

The transition to an inclusive and sustainable energy future called by SDG7, including universal access to clean cooking solutions will lead to positive climate, socio-economic, gender-balanced and health outcomes, serving the achievement of the Paris Agreement and various interlinked SDGs, including SDG3 on health, SDG5 on gender, SDG10 on inequalities, SDG13 on climate.

High Level Political Forum Side Event

The Government of Kenya together with multiple partners, including Hivos, ENERGIA, MECS, TENN, Clean Cooking Alliance, ESMAP, UNDESA, WHO, World Bank, have teamed up together to host the side event:

“Accelerated Actions and Transformative Pathways on Clean Cooking for the Delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 7”

During this side event, we will discuss the multisectoral efforts needed to facilitate the socio-economic short- and long term interventions during, post and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic. A focus will be on how to address long-standing inequalities and accelerate the achievement of universal access to clean cooking, while strengthening the resilience of the poor, women and other vulnerable groups. The Ministers of Energy from Kenya and Nepal will weigh in on government policies and actions to scale up clean cooking technologies in their countries. The possible role of the European Union in accelerating access to clean cooking will be discussed, while international bodies will reflect on the overarching, long-term interventions needed. Members of CSOs will shine a light on inclusivity and equality, community involvement and people centered solutions.


Moderators: Amb. Macharia Kamau, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kenya and Hon. Dr. Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.


  • Hon. Charles Keter, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy of the Government of Kenya
  • Hans Olav Ibrekk, Policy Director, Section for Energy and Climate Change, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Carmen Hagenaars, Deputy Director, Inclusive Green Growth, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Minoru Takada, Team Leader, Sustainable Energy, Division for Sustainable Development Goals, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations
  • Heather Adair Rohani, Energy and Health Lead, World Health Organization
  • Daniel Schroth, Acting Director for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Africa Development Bank
  • Dymphna van der Lans, Chief Executive Officer, Clean Cooking Alliance
  • Verena Brinkmann, Senior Energy Advisor, Energising Development Programme, German International Cooperation
  • Rita Poppe, Policy Advisor, Green and Inclusive Energy, Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries
  • Sheila Oparaocha, International Coordinator and Programme Manager, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy
  • Ed Brown, Professor of Global Energy Challenges, School of Social Science, Loughborough University, Leicestershire, UK
  • Rohit Khanna, Programme Manager, Energy Sector Management Programme, World Bank