TEDx talk: Cookstoves technologist transforming lives with standards

The second edition of TEDxPlaceDesNations will be held in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 11 February 2016.

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By Maria Lazarte
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Ranyee Chiang, Chair of the ISO committee developing standards for clean cookstoves, is one of the inspiring speakers who will share her story at the event, held under the theme “Transforming Lives”.

Cooking shouldn't kill, but for far too many people in developing countries, this is exactly what happens. ISO has joined the global community in working to create and sustain a thriving market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. Ranyee will tell us in her own words how this important work makes a difference to the lives of millions of people.


Ranyee Chiang
Ranyee Chiang, Chair, ISO technical committee ISO/TC 285, Cookstoves and clean cooking solutions.

The TEDxPlaceDesNations, named after the iconic UN building where it will take place, will celebrate and spread the word about the global impact of International Geneva all around the world.

The following organizations are contributing to the project: the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Geneva University Hospitals (HUG).

TEDxPlaceDesNations will bring together 11 diverse and distinguished speakers from around the world, all with powerful and inspiring stories to tell. They are innovators, public health and energy specialists, human rights defenders and humanitarians, all of whom have made a real difference in people’s lives around the world. In addition to, Ranyee Chiang, Cookstove Technologist, the event will feature Ger Duany, Refugee Ally; Scott Foster, Energy Activator; Thabitha Khumalo, Democracy Advocate; Beeban Kidron, iRights Campaigner; Dennis Liotta, Drug Discoverer; Şafak Pavey, Inclusion Champion; Didier Pittet, Hand-washing Provocateur; Coline Rapneau, Sexual Violence Adversary; Leonardo Sakamoto, 21st Century Abolitionist; and Rohini Swaminathan, Satellite Humanitarian. More information on the programme and the 11 speakers is available at: www.tedxplacedesnations.ch.

TEDxPlaceDesNations will be webcast live on the Website on 11 February 2016, from 3 pm to 7 pm Central European Time, with a break from 4:30 pm until 5:15 pm.

The first edition of the TEDxPlaceDesNations took place in 2014, and was attended by more than 1 300 people; some 5 000 watched the event live via Webcast, while 24 viewing parties were organized around the world.

There are many ways to participate: register to attend in person (registration will be open from 18 to 25 January), watch the event via Webcast, organize a viewing party or simply spread the word!


Video: TEDx Place des Nations


About TEDx

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

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