In Saturday's blog posting, Special Representative Kris Balderston announced we would be launching a multi-day blog series highlighting the Global Partnership Initiative's successes this past year. Today's installment outlines key achievements for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and the Partners for a New Beginning.
Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Since Secretary Clinton launched the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves in 2010, it has become a leading platform for addressing the challenge that almost three billion people face every day as they cook their food over open fires or crude stoves. In 2012, a definitive new study reinforced the urgency of addressing these practices, doubling the estimate of mortality associated with exposure to cookstove smoke from two to four million deaths per year. The Alliance's interim goal is to help 100 million homes adopt clean cooking solutions by 2020.
In 2012, the Alliance reached several key milestones, including: more than doubling its size to over 500 partners, including 38 countries; publishing a groundbreaking strategy for universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels; establishing the first-ever set of international cookstove standards; setting six initial priority countries for Alliance operations; developing a comprehensive stove performance inventory containing data from over 600 unique tests to compare lab and field results and set credible standards; commissioning over $4 million in research and stove testing centers; and catalyzing over $150 million in investments -- over $30 million for the Alliance and its grant programs, and over $120 million in parallel funding to spur advances in clean cooking.
The U.S. commitment under the Alliance is now up to $114 million, mostly in applied research and financing. And with the Secretary of State's support, we've led a wide range of diplomatic activities to support the Alliance, including reaching out to engage new nations such as China, South Africa, Sweden, Afghanistan, and Mexico.
As Executive Director Radha Muthiah moves the Alliance to full-scale implementation in its priority countries and more broadly launches several major financing tools for the sector, I am confident that this momentum will continue in 2013.
Partners for a New Beginning
In 2012, Partners for a New Beginning (PNB) grew from nine to 10 locally-owned and locally-driven PNB Chapters in Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Jordan, Mauritania, and the Palestinian Territories. Chaired by Former Secretary Albright, the PNB's steering committee which recently met in Washington consists of over 10 CEOs from the top companies in the United States. Serving as the PNB Secretariat the Aspen Institute has been an invaluable partner with co-chairs Walter Isaacson and Muhtar Kent of The Coca-Cola Company.
New partnerships are being formed all the time in PNB's critical region as local chapters and multinational private-sector companies engage as constructive partners towards finding new solutions to old problems. PNB chapters most recently convened at a global gathering at the 2012 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, and provided support for over 120 projects based on local priorities. All of these efforts support PNB's mission to develop new business opportunities and public-private partnerships to promote economic opportunity, education, exchange, and science and technology.
We are also seeing strong commitment from the U.S. private sector to redouble efforts for economic opportunity and job creation across the MENA region. Notably, Cisco Systems has announced two $10 million investments in both Jordan and Egypt that will, among other things, be used to create employment centers that will be a sustainable model of job-creation and economic development, with a particular focus on high potential small businesses.
As we look forward to 2013, we will continue to work with the U.S. private sector and the PNB local chapters to further deepen ties, while seeking new business opportunities. We will also focus on ensuring that PNB and related efforts become self-sustaining.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's blog installment in which our colleagues highlight major achievements with the International diaspora Engagement Alliance and Accelerating Market-Driven Partnerships. And, as always, we welcome your thoughts about new partnerships opportunities in the coming year!