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 Association for Energy Economics

IAEE 1977 Cleveland OH USA C v

International Association for Hydrogen Energy

IAHE 1974 West Lafayette IN USA B

International Association for Society and Natural Resources

IASNR 2001 Logan UT USA D

International Association for Stability, Handling and Use of Liquid Fuels

IASH 1986 Atlanta GA USA C v

International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology

IASMiRT 1971 Raleigh NC USA D v

International Association for the Study of the Commons

IASC 1989 Utrecht Netherlands D

International Association of Agricultural Information Specialists

IAALD 1955 Lexington KY USA B

International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants

IAC2 Boulder CO USA G

International Association of Hydrogeologists

IAH 1956 Reading UK B

International Association of Lighting Designers

IALD 1969 Chicago IL USA G

International Association of Lighting Management Companies

NALMCO 1953 Ankeny IA USA G

International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area

1993 Vienna Austria D

International Association of Waterworks in the Rhine Catchment Area

1970 Düsseldorf Germany D

International Association of Wood Anatomists

IAWA 1931 Beijing China B v

International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA 1957 Vienna Austria B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group

GTB 1951 Turin Italy E

International Baltic Sea Fishery Commission

IBSFC 1973 G gb IGOs

International Battery and Energy Storage Alliance

IBESA 2013 Bonn Germany J

International Bioenergy Platform

IBEP 2006 F

International Biogas and Bioenergy Centre of Competence

2001 Kirchberg-Jagst Germany N

International Carbon Action Partnership

ICAP 2007 Berlin Germany F g IGOs

International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance

ICROA 2008 Geneva Switzerland E

International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management

ICIWaRM Alexandria VA USA G

International Center for Research on Women

ICRW 1976 Washington DC USA G Human Rights Organizations

International Center for the Political Economy of Sustainable Development

1995 Heredia Costa Rica G Human Rights Organizations

International Center on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures, Yazd

ICQHS 2005 Yazd Iran Islamic Rep E

International Centre for Coastal Resources Research

1993 Barcelona Spain E

International Centre for Hydrogen Energy Technologies

ICHET 2003 Istanbul Turkey G g IGOs

International Centre for Hydropower

ICH 1995 Trondheim Norway G

International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy

ICIEE 1998 Lyngby Denmark G

International Centre for Infrastructure Futures

ICIF London UK N

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 Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

ICW 1992 Nairobi Kenya F v Human Rights Organizations

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

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