The Second Lady, Samira Bawumia has been appointed as an ambassador for the United Nations’ Foundation Global Alliance for Clean Cook-stoves.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves with its Headquarters in Washington D.C is a non-profit organization operating under the support of the United Nations Foundation with support from governments, corporations, foundations, civil society, investors, and individuals.
It was formed September 2010 by the then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help improve on the health of the people through the use of improved cooking methods in developing countries.
They also provide grants for research and initiatives that support the aims of the Alliance, advocate for international standards for stove manufacturers and coordinate research and knowledge of the issues surrounding the use of clean cookstoves.
Data from the World Health Organization indicates that 4.3 million people die yearly from health problems due to exposure to smoke from solid fuel stoves.
Mrs Bawumia made the announcement on her official Facebook page yesterday.
“I am honoured to be named ambassador for the United Nations’ Foundation Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. I am passionate about seeing to it that the essential task of cooking does not result in death.
“I would like for us all to join in the drive to reduce the harmful effects of cooking with firewood and charcoal. No life should be lost through cooking.”
“I look forward to engaging all stakeholders in this regard. Thank you all very much.”