PAST EVENT | ESMAP Participated in: Accelerated Actions and Transformative Pathways on Clean Cooking for the Delivery of Sustainable Development Goal 7 | July 9
Venue: Virtual

The Government of Kenya together with multiple partners, including Hivos, ENERGIA, MECS, TENN, Clean Cooking Alliance, ESMAP, UNDESA, WHO, World Bank, teamed up to host this side event.   Full details for this event available here.

During this side event, we discussed the multisectoral efforts needed to facilitate the socio-economic short- and long-term interventions during, post and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

The focus was 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 weighed 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 was discussed, while international bodies reflected on the overarching, long-term interventions needed. Members of CSOs shone light on inclusivity and equality, community involvement and people centered solutions.

This virtual side event was co- moderated by:

  • 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, Energizing 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, Program Manager, Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), World Bank

Contact: Yabei Zhang