PAST EVENT | Accelerating Access to Modern Cooking: Launch of the State of Access Report | September 24, 2020
Venue: Virtual


Progress towards ensuring access to modern cooking solutions, a key component to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG 7), has been slow and disappointing. Today, 2.8 billion people globally still cook with traditional polluting fuels and technologies with severe impacts on health, gender, economic, environmental, and climate outcomes. A continued lack of access to modern cooking solutions not only jeopardizes the achievement of SDG 7, but also inhibits progress towards related SDGs.

Solutions to tackle this pressing development challenge must prioritize user preferences and local cooking contexts to address longstanding barriers to the adoption of modern cooking solutions.

The event launched the new State of Access to Modern Energy Cooking Services report developed by the World Bank’s ESMAP, in close collaboration with Loughborough University and the Clean Cooking Alliance, to provide an in-depth, comprehensive understanding of families’ cooking-energy needs to inform these critical solutions and recommend pathways to accelerate access to modern cooking.


Moderator, Frank van der Vleuten, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

     Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Mari Pangestu, Managing Director, World Bank
  • Steven Rothberg, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Loughborough University

     Presentation: Key Findings from the State of Access to MECS Report

  • Yabei Zhang, Lead, Clean Cooking Fund, World Bank


  • Ed Brown, Research Director for Modern Energy Cooking Services Program, Loughborough University

     Panel Discussion

  • Charles Keter, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy of the Government of Kenya
  • Maria Neira, Director of the Public Health, Environment and Social Determinants of Health Department, World Health Organization 
  • David Woolnough, Deputy Director Research (Tech & Innovation), UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO- UK)
  • Sam Parker, CEO of Shell Foundation
  • Kul Man Ghising, Managing Director, Nepal Electricity Authority 
  • Kandeh Kolleh Yumkella, Special Rapporteur, Clean Cooking, Energy & Health
  • Sheila Oparaocha, International Coordinator and Programme Manager, ENERGIA International Network on Gender and Sustainable Energy

     Closing Remarks 

Dymphna van der Lans, CEO, Clean Cooking Alliance