Making progress on clean cooking means making progress on SDGs

Last week, world leaders gathered in New York for the 2023 SDG Summit. In 2015, countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), embarking on a journey to achieve the 2030 Agenda to end poverty, and address inequalities whilst protecting the environment. Halfway to the 2030 deadline and we are not halfway there – in fact, we are only 15% of the way.

12-page ‘political declaration’, approved during last week’s UN SDG Summit declares that the SDG goals remain the world’s “overarching roadmap” for the future, but also states: ”the achievement of the SDGs is in peril. At the midpoint of the 2030 Agenda, we are alarmed that the progress on most of the SDGs is either moving much too slowly or has regressed below the 2015 baseline.”

Many speakers from Least Developed Countries also highlighted the fact that while their countries are feeling some of the most acute impacts of climate change, they, as pre-industrialised nations, have contributed the least to the carbon emissions driving the crisis.

 2.4 billion people still cook over polluting fires, a major contributor to carbon emissions, deforestation, and climate change. Clean cookstoves are vital to tackle both global challenges and they also deliver significant impacts on a range of SDGs, in particular SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing; SDG 5: Gender Equality and SDG 13: Climate Action. 

Watch our latest video below from the field to see the impact dirty cooking has and how DelAgua is delivering clean cooking in LDCs Rwanda, the Gambia, and Sierra Leone , contributing to real progress on SDGs. 

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