Energy and Health: Building Bridges

Thursday, May 3rd: 16:00 - 17:30 - Rossio

HOST: Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, United Nations Foundation

This interactive session will explore the need and opportunity to strengthen engagement between the energy access and health communities to improve health outcomes. Access to universal clean energy plays a key role in achieving health goals. This is particularly true for poor and vulnerable populations, who suffer disproportionately from a lack of energy access. Despite this, the energy and health communities too often remain siloed. Increased efforts to mainstream energy access considerations into health, and vice-versa, will advance access to, and the quality of, health care delivery. Cross-sectoral efforts are also vital to reducing drudgery, improving safety, and combating the health impacts of indoor air pollution, one of the leading risk factors for disease globally. The session will serve as the first in a series of consultations on the design of a potential Sustainable Energy for All inter-sectoral partnership dedicated to exploring synergies between the energy access and
health agendas, including how best to mainstream and coordinate efforts between the two sectors.

Donee Alexander Senior Director of Evidence and Impact Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Håkan Björkman Manager UNDP Global Fund Partnership
Inger Anette Sandvand Dahlen Senior Advisor for Renewable Energy Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
Richard Hughes Senior Program Advisor Jhpiego
Abhishek Jain Senior Programme Lead Council on Energy, Environment & Water, India
Robert MacIver Sustainable Energy Policy Adviser UK Department for International Development (DFID)
Aliysha Mayfield Senior Clinical Advisor on Strategy Partners in Health
Neha Misra Co-Founder & Chief Collaboration Officer Solar Sister
Maria Neira Director of the Department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health World Health Organization
Jonathan Phillips Director, Energy Access Project Duke Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Jem Porcaro Senior Director of Energy Access United Nations Foundation
Marcel Raats Senior Energy Advsior RVO.NL
Joshua Rosenthal Senior Scientist Fogarty International Center, U.S. National Institutes of Health
Laura Stachel Executive Director and Co-Founder We Care Solar