Ghanaian music star and social activist, Rocky Dawuni , joined Mrs Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State, and other distinguished dignitaries for the three-year anniversary of the “Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves” in New York City last week.
Clinton launched the Global Alliance at the Clinton Global Initiative three years ago under the auspices of the UN Foundation to promote the universal adoption of clean cooking solutions as a means to combat Household Air Pollution (HAP) and climate change.
“We need to keep the Alliance going and growing…find more partners, expand the market, put more stoves in the hands of consumers; save more lives. That’s what the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is all about, and that’s why I will continue to be an enthusiastic supporter and partner”, said Mrs Clinton at the anniversary.
Dawuni was appointed as one of the Initiative’s Ambassadors last year, joining Academy Award winning actor Julia Roberts, and chef Jose Andres as global champions.
An estimated 4 million people die annually as a result of exposure to smoke from open flames, with a majority being women and children. This has spurred Dawuni’s commitment to help raise awareness about the issue.
Dawuni also met with the Chief Executive of the Global Alliance, Radha Murthiah, President of Guatemala, Otto Perez Molina, former president of Ireland, Mary Robinson and CEO of UN Foundation, Cathy Calvin and other distinguished members of the Alliance’s Leadership Council at the George Soros Foundation.
Rocky Dawuni also performed at “Playing for Change Day’s” annual fundraiser just prior to leaving for New York City, alongside blues legend, Keb Mo, John Densmore of The Doors and Playing for Change Band.
The event, held at the World Famous Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California helped raise funds for the building of music schools around the world.
He also hosted the debut Beach Ball Festival at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, where fans enjoyed performances by Michael Rose, Sly & Robbie, U-Roy and other Reggae greats.
Dawuni is currently working on the follow up to “Hymns for the Rebel Soul” set to be released next year