Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

Affordable & Clean Energy


Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today. Be it for jobs, security, climate change, food production or increasing incomes, access to energy for all is essential. Working towards this goal is especially important as it interlinks with other Sustainable Development Goals. Focusing on universal access to energy, increased energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energy through new economic and job opportunities is crucial to creating more sustainable and inclusive communities and resilience to environmental issues like climate change.

At the current time, there are approximately 3 billion people who lack access to clean-cooking solutions and are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution. Additionally, slightly less than 1 billion people are functioning without electricity and 50% of them are found in Sub-Saharan Africa alone. Fortunately, progress has been made in the past decade regarding the use of renewable electricity from water, solar and wind power and the ratio of energy used per unit of GDP is also declining.

However, the challenge is far from being solved and there needs to be more access to clean fuel and technology and more progress needs to be made regarding integrating renewable energy into end-use applications in buildings, transport and industry. Public and private investments in energy also need to be increased and there needs to be more focus on regulatory frameworks and innovative business models to transform the world’s energy systems.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

International Centre for Physical Land Resources

ICPLR 1998 Ghent Belgium E UNESCO Bodies

International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

SDEWES Centre Zagreb Croatia G

International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change

ICWRGC Koblenz Germany E g IGOs

International Centre on Small Hydro-Power

IC-SHP 1994 Hangzhou China G

International Chornobyl Centre

ICC Kiev Ukraine G

International Classic Cosmoenergy Federation

ICCF Riga Latvia D

International Commission for the Protection of the Odra River against Pollution

ICPO 1996 Wroclaw Poland E g IGOs

International Commission of the Meuse

1998 Liège Belgium E g IGOs

International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution

ICACGP 1957 Bremen Germany E v

International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise

ICBEN 1968 The Hague Netherlands E v

International Commission on Illumination

1900 Vienna Austria C

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage

ICID 1950 Delhi India B

International Commissions for the Protection of the Moselle and Saar

ICPMS 1961 Konz-Saarburg Germany E g IGOs

International Committee on Contaminated Land

ICCL 1993 Vienna Austria E

International Commodities Exchange

ICE Futures 1980 London UK N

International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies

ICCCS 1972 Düsseldorf Germany D

International Confederation of Energy Regulators

ICER Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

International Conference on Air Quality - Science and Application

Hatfield UK S c Conference Series

International Conference on Baltic Sea System Analysis - Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Management in the Baltic Region

S gc Conference Series, IGOs

International Conference on Carbon for Energy Storage and Environment Protection

CESEP S c

International Conference on Environmental Contamination

Edinburgh UK S c Conference Series

International Conference on Future Energy Concepts

London UK S c Conference Series

International Conference on Gas-Liquid and Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering

GLS Rugby UK S c Conference Series

International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant

ICMGP S c Conference Series

International Conference on Nondestructive Evaluation in the Nuclear Industry

Washington DC USA S c Conference Series

International Conferences on Waste Minimization and Clean Technology

Los Angeles CA USA S c Conference Series

International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments

BWM 2004 2004 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

MARPOL 1973 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships as Modified by the Protocol of 1978

1978 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution of the Sea by Oil

OILPOL 1954 T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage

BUNKERS 2001 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage

CLC 1969 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea

HNS 1996 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention on Oil Pollution Preparedness Response and Cooperation

OPRC 1990 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention on Salvage

1989 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-fouling Systems on Ships

2001 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Convention Relating to Intervention on the High Seas in Cases of Oil Pollution Casualties

INTERVENTION 1969 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

International Cooperative Programme on Integrated Monitoring of Air Pollution Effects on Ecosystems

ICP-IM Helsinki Finland E

International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

ICES 1902 Copenhagen Denmark C g IGOs

International Council on Clean Transportation

ICCT Washington DC USA C

International Council on Large Electric Systems

1921 Paris France C

International Council on Surgical Plume

ICSP Clarence NY USA N

International Dark-Sky Association

IDA 1988 Tucson AZ USA G v

International Desalination Association

IDA 1984 Topsfield MA USA C

International District Energy Association

IDEA 1909 Westborough MA USA G

International Economic Association Interatomenergo

IEA Interatomenergo 1973 Moscow Russia D ge IGOs

International Electric Propulsion Conference

IEPC S c Conference Series

International Electrical Research Exchange

IERE 1968 Tokyo Japan F

International Emissions Trading Association

IETA 1999 Geneva Switzerland D

International Energy Agency

IEA 1974 Paris France E g IGOs

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