• With special consultative status at the United Nations, SCI advocates for solar cooking.

CSW 61 Parallel Event

Solar-Thermal Cooking Technologies Empowering Women in Renewable-Energy Careers
with Brahma Kumaris and Arc Finance
Friday, 17 March 2017
10:30 am-12 pm ET
Community Church of New York Room 201/202
40E 35th St

Our United Nations Role

high res alan at the UN.jpgSince 1996, we have held special consultative status with the United Nations, with accredited representatives in Geneva, New York, and Vienna who focus on advocacy. Solar cooking fulfills all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals including eradicating poverty and hunger; promoting gender equality; achieving universal primary education; reducing child mortality; improving maternal health; combating diseases; ensuring environmental sustainability; and developing global partnerships.

Dr. Alan Bigelow (pictured) presents on solar cooking at the United Nations New York. August 2015

The United Nations' Post-2015 development agenda has generated a lot of discussion about sustainable development. Because solar cooking improves human health, soil quality, family economies, and reduces deforestation, this is a critical technology that can assist all people, particularly those in greatest need.

Our representatives regularly participate in UN events, contribute to working groups, and have hosted parallel events with other UN entities to educate about and advocate for solar cooking’s benefits for people and the environment.


Our Grassroots Engagement

Directors and individuals around the world send information on their local solar cooker projects, plans and events, which we report on the Solar Cookers International network wiki and in Solar Cookers International's Digest. These two unique resources report on the progress of worldwide solar cooking projects, research, and advocacy.  Staff and volunteers in our Solar Cookers International office provide technology support and network introductions to initiate solar cooking in communities around the world. Project organizers stay in regular contact with Solar Cookers International, providing current insights and solutions for us to share with others who want to bring this technology to people who need it most.


Since 1987, tens of thousands of individuals and organizations have learned about solar cooking through Solar Cooker International's (SCI) information exchange networks, publications, research, and technical support. We focus our advocacy on expanding the use of these powerful solar cooking tools, and perfecting their technology, their adaptations to different cultures, and their distribution to meet the increasing need for this simple, zero-emissions technology.

Solar Cookers International's Statement to the United Nations

The United Nations accepted Solar Cookers International’s written statement to the Commission on the Status of Women 60. We urge the World Bank to replace fossil fuels and electricity with solar energy as true modern fuel.

Official Solar Cookers International Documents for Advocacy


Join our United Nations representatives in promoting solar energy for cooking. Use these resources in your advocacy work:

Commission on the Status of Women 

CSW 60 Written Statement

CSW 59 Written Statement

Essential Information

How Solar Cooking Aligns With All 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Summary And Full Paper)

Solar Cookers International General Statement 

SCI CSW 60 Oral Statement

Hand outs

Meeting safe water needs with solar cooking (download handout here)

Addressing climate change with solar cookers (download handout here)

Reducing the Effects of a Silent Killer - Solar Cookers and Household Air Pollution (download handout here)


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ISO/TAG 285: the world sets standards for clean cookstoves. Solar cookers are the cleanest. Photo: P. Funk, Nairobi, 2014

Solar Cookers International donors furthered a global effort to include solar cookers in a worldwide process to design cookstove standards. In February, 2014, Solar Cookers International and Solar Household Energy collaborated to send Dr. Paul Funk, former SCI board member, as the Solar Cookers International Network delegate to the International Organization for Standardization Technical Advisory Group (ISO/TAG) 285 Clean Cookstoves and Clean Cooking Solutions Plenary in Nairobi, Kenya. Because solar cookers have no emissions, they can be difficult to classify and are sometimes excluded from clean cookstove projects. Dr. Funk’s participation will help solar cookers be considered appropriately for future clean cooking standards.