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Friday 11 November 2022

09:30-10:00 EET

Location: COP27 venue, Blue Zone, Zone C, pavilion P90 + Online streaming

Organised by Nefco and The Nordic Council of Ministers

Over 4 billion people globally and almost 900 million people in Sub-Saharan African countries lack access to modern and clean cooking solutions. This is the only region in the world where access to clean cooking solutions has not kept pace with population growth.

The aim of the Nefco managed Modern Cooking Facility for Africa programme is to provide 3 million Africans with access to clean cooking solutions, initially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The programme will also aim to have a large positive environmental impact, mitigating deforestation and avoiding CO2 emissions, as well as improving overall health and increasing economic growth in the project countries.

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Sophie Odupoy, Group Head of Public Affairs, KOKO Networks

Sophie Odupoy is a Government and Stakeholder Relations, Business Strategy and Communications expert with multiple years’ experience across both private and public sector. Odupoy is responsible for securing and defending legislative changes that improve the affordability of KOKO’s solutions and engaging various stakeholders around transforming the cooking sector. Odupoy is passionate about making a difference in the lives of women and children who are often overlooked in the provision of necessities and also in mentoring the next generation of leaders.

Mattias Frumerie, Chief Negotiator of Sweden

Mattias Frumerie, Chief Negotiator of Sweden and Head of Delegation to UNFCCC at Swedish Ministry of Environment. Frumerie is enthusiastically engaged in the transition to climate-smart societies globally and climate diplomacy to increase ambition in implementing the Paris Agreement. Frumerie  has been co-leading elaboration of UNFCCC report determining the needs of developing countries to implement the Paris Agreement and has 20+ years’ experience in working as a diplomat in the Swedish foreign service, as well as an EU advisor at the office of the Swedish Prime Minister.

Ash Sharma, Vice President, Nefco
Ash Sharma, Vice President of Special Funds at Nefco, is a climate, environmental finance, policy and investment specialist with over 30 years of experience in over 60 countries, with a current focus on Africa. Sharma has served on various international climate change steering and working groups for Nordic Council of Ministers, UNEP, World Bank, G8 and G20 and has been an adviser to the European Commission, Innovate UK and the Climate Policy Initiative.

Moderator: André Jamholt, Nordic Council of Ministers

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This event is organised by Nefco and the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM)

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