Briefing: Putting it Together: Bioenergy, Clean Cookstoves and Sustainable Development
March 13, 2014
10am - 11:15am
Dag Hammarskold Library Auditorium
UN Headquarters, New York (47th Street Entrance)
PPAF Panel at the UN Commission on the Status of Women
The briefing will bring together experts in several fields. It will contribute to a better understanding of the issues, their interrelation and actions possible and underway.
Dr. David Stillman, Executive Director
Public-Private Alliance Foundation
Dr. Adam Borison, Director, Power Systems, Markets & Pricing Group
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Ms. Katherine Leininger, Business Development Manaager JMConsulting
"Sustainable Bioenergy: Assessment and Actions in Haiti and Beyond"
Ms. Corinne Hart, Program Manager, Gender and Markets
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
"Clean Cooking Solutions and Women's Empowerment"
Mr. Thomas Setchel, Energy Conservation and Distillation Specialist
Sustainable Technology Systems, Inc
"Bioenergy and Biofuel: Possibilities for Households and Small Business"
Also, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves video narrated by Julia Roberts (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNcbT72-WbY).
The important yet under-appreciated connections amongst bioenergy, clean cookstoves and sustainable development are cutting edge areas of development work. In bringing together several experts with recent relevant experience, the Public-Private Alliance Foundation, an NGO associated with UN/DPI with experience in Haiti and elsewhere, will give participants a perspective on the issues and invite their involvement.
Just in relation to cooking, nearly 3 billion people globally cook food and heat their homes with simple biomass cookstoves or open fires. 4 million premature deaths occur yearly due to smoke exposure from these methods. Women and children are the most affected. (WHO data reported by the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.) At the same time, use of charcoal and wood destroys forests, with consequent environmental degradation.
The topic of this briefing aligns with the UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, Zero Hunger and the UN Post-2015 Development Agenda. It is rooted in the UN Millennium Development Goals on poverty, health, environment and partnerships, as well as the UN Global Compact's emphasis on corporate responsibility.
This briefing will provide opportunity to examine issues and apprise participants of the connection between global policies and work on the ground. For example, the current work of the Public-Private Alliance Foundation is to help families and small businesses in Haiti to escape the poverty – respiratory disease – deforestation trap of Haiti’s heavy reliance on wood and charcoal for cooking and heat generation.
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Plan to arrive by 9:15 a.m. to pass through UN Security.
You will be guided to the Auditorium.