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.
Our United Nations Role
Since 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 eight of the United Nations Millennium 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.
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.