Seven African nations are the latest to join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation that focuses on creating a global market for clean and energy-efficient household cooking solutions.
The governments of Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Kenya, Lesotho and Rwanda as well as the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cookstoves have committed to join the alliance, which already has nearly 100 private and public partners around the world.
The new members have pledged to collectively introduce clean stoves and fuels to up to 20 million African homes by 2020, according to the U.S. State Department.
The countries announced their commitment on the heels of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to Africa. The United States is a major supporter of the alliance, which Clinton herself unveiled at the Clinton Global Initiative in September 2010. The country pledged $50 million for the initiative.
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