Lorin Kavanaugh-Ulku, Global Partnership Initiative, US Department of State
We have entered a new era of diplomacy and development, rooted in the acknowledgement that business as usual is no longer good enough. Across the U.S. government, we are breaking down barriers between the public and private sector and civil society and forging uncommon alliances that strengthen diplomacy and development efforts around the globe. The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a prime example of how the government is strategically partnering with businesses, foundations, non-governmental institutions and others to create innovative solutions to critical development challenges.
Launched in 2010 by the U.S. Secretary of State, the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership with over 350 partners, including over 30 countries, working to develop a global market around clean cooking solutions. During the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing earlier this month, China made the historic announcement that it was joining the Alliance to help fight the more than 2 million lives lost each year to exposure to dirty cookstove smoke.
In June 2012, CSIS hosted an informative and timely discussion about how partnerships such as the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves are creating opportunities for better development and diplomacy outcomes. Watch the video below.
Counselor for Economic Affairs, China Embassy
Assistant Adminastrator Office of Air and Radiation, Environmental Protection Agency
Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Department of State
Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, CSIS