More than 130 participants from government ministries, the private sector, investors and non-governmental organisations from around the world participated in the Forum, which took place in Bonn, Germany, from June 26 to 28, 2013.

The often gender-specific hazards to health, and the threats to the economy and the environment caused by cooking on open fires or inefficient cookstoves with wood, charcoal, dung, and coal are some of the most burning issues that the international community needs to tackle in order to enable the poor all over the world to improve their living conditions.

The aim of the Forum was to strengthen the existing partners’ commitments and build new partnerships within the framework of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, and further the goal of spurring the adoption of clean cook- stoves and fuels for an additional 100 million households by 2020.

The fruitful discussions held during the Forum provided an excellent opportunity to learn from each other; this is fundamental for scaling up successful interventions to create change on a grand scale. We are aware that boosting sustainable markets for modern cooking energy from fuel production to energy use is still a challenging task. Public-private partnerships like the Global Alliance are vital if we want to overcome the current challenges and advance the clean cooking sector.

The Forum has also shown different national and global approaches that allow us to better engage in the sector, so that we can reduce deaths and disease from the use of solid fuels for household cooking and heating. Important topics discussed at the Forum included the significance of a coherent monitoring of the contributions made by Global Alliance stakeholders in order to reach the “100 million by 2020” goal; options for the private and public sectors to join forces to create vibrant markets for clean cookstoves; and the emerging opportunities in the field of cooking fu- els and stove usage.

We are confident that the recommendations developed by participants on these topics will contribute to improving access to clean cooking energy for millions of people worldwide. Germany, as a long-term donor and mover in this sector, is very pleased about how the issue of cooking energy is gaining importance on the international agenda, and about how efforts to tackle the issue are becoming visible and cost-effective solutions are being found.

We encourage everyone to join forces – for a better life for the three billion people who lack access to clean cooking.

The conference proceedings can be downloaded here.