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

International Utilities Revenue Protection Association

IURPA 1990 Orlando FL USA N

International Waste Working Group

IWWG 2002 Hamburg Germany E

International Water and Resource Economics Consortium

IWREC Riverside CA USA E v

International Water Association

IWA London UK C

International Water Power Consortium

IWPC 1997 J gp

International Water Resources Association

IWRA 1971 Nanterre France B

International WaterCentre

IWC Brisbane QLD Australia G

International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network

IW-LEARN Bratislava Slovakia F

International Windship Association

IWSA 2014 Maidstone UK D

International Workshop on Railway Noise

IWRN 1976 S c

International Young Nature Friends

IYNF 1975 Prague Czech Rep C

Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wasserwerke im Rheineinzugsgebiet

IAWR 1970 Düsseldorf Germany D

Internationale Gesellschaft für Elektrosmog-Forschung

IGEF 1990 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Canaries N

Internationale Kommission zum Schutz der Elbe

IKSE 1990 Magdeburg Germany E gy

Internationale Kommission zum Schutz der Oder gegen Verunreinigung

IKSOgV 1996 Wroclaw Poland E g

Internationales Biogas und Bioenergie Kompetenzzentrum

IBBK 2001 Kirchberg-Jagst Germany N

Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management

ISARM 2000 Delft Netherlands E

Interstate Federation of Atomic Energy Workers' Unions

Moscow Russia D

IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific

WESTPAC 1979 Bangkok Thailand K g

Irrigation Association

IA Falls Church VA USA G

Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector

ICD 1999 Jeddah Saudi Arabia K g

Islands and Small States Institute, Malta

ISSI 1989 Msida Malta E j

ITER International Fusion Energy Organization

ITER Organization Saint-Paul-lez-Durance France D g

IWA Asia Pacific Region Grouping

IWA-ASPIRE London UK E

Japan Pacific Resource Network

JPRN 1985 Oakland CA USA N

Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

JCEP Brussels Belgium F

Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

1997 T g

Joint Institute for Nuclear Research

JINR 1956 Dubna Russia F gj

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g

KIMO International

1990 Lerwick UK D

Kitayushu International Techno-cooperative Association

KITA 1980 Kitakyushu Japan G

Kofi Annan Foundation

Geneva Switzerland G f

Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization

KEDO 1995 E g

Kuwait Regional Convention for Cooperation on the Protection on the Marine Environment from Pollution

1978 Safat Kuwait T g

Land Tenure Center, Madison WI

LTC 1962 Madison WI USA N

Landcare International

LI Nairobi Kenya F

Laserlab Europe

Berlin Germany E

Latin American Art Resource Project

LAARP 1995 Washington DC USA G

Latin American Energy Organization

1973 Quito Ecuador D g

Leave it in the Ground Coalition

LINGO 2011 Radebeul Germany J

LEDS Global Partnership

LEDS GP 2011 F y

Let There Be Light International

2014 North Haven CT USA G

Lifeline Energy

1998 London UK G f

Lighting Urban Community International

LUCI 2002 Lyon France F

LightingEurope

2012 Brussels Belgium D

Liquid Gas Europe

1968 Brussels Belgium D

LIRNEasia

2004 Colombo Sri Lanka D

Live Working Association

LWA Poznań Poland D

Local Employment Trading/Energy Transfer System

LETSystems 1987 F

Long-term Infrastructure Investors Association

LTIIA 2014 Paris France C

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