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 Society of Doctors for the Environment

ISDE 1990 Basel Switzerland C v

International Society of Environmental Botanists

ISEB 1994 Lucknow India G v

International Society of Exposure Science

ISES 1989 Herndon VA USA G v

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ 1992 Herndon VA USA C

International Society of Nuclear Air Treatment Technology

ISNATT 1990 Southeastern PA USA N

International Soil Conservation Organization

ISCO 1983 Honolulu HI USA F

International Solar Alliance

ISA Gurugram India C g

International Solar Energy Society

ISES 1954 Freiburg Germany B

International Solid Waste Association

ISWA 1931 Rotterdam Netherlands B

International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association

ISHA University Park PA USA E c

International Stainless Steel Forum

ISSF 1995 Brussels Belgium F y

International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis

Pyro S c

International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation


International Symposium on Environmental Issues and Waste Management in Energy and Minerals Production


International Symposium on Noise in Physical Systems

Washington DC USA S c

International Symposium on Society and Resource Management


International Symposium on Wind Energy Systems

Bedford UK S c

International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation

ITOPF 1968 London UK B

International Technical Meeting of the Nuclear Industries

Basel Switzerland S ct

International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application

S c

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1985 Geneva Switzerland B g

International Telecommunications Energy Conference


International Thorium Energy Organisation

IThEO Strövelstorp Sweden J

International Topical Conference on High-Power Electron and Ion-Beam Research and Technology

S c

International Trade Union "Elektroprofsoyuz"

Electrounion 1991 Moscow Russia D t

International Trade Union Alliance of Public Utilities, Local Industry and Services Workers

Moscow Russia D t

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations

IUAPPA 1964 Burgess Hill UK C y

International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

IUAES 1948 Osaka Japan B

International Union of Geological Sciences

IUGS 1961 Beijing China A y

International Union of Property Owners

1923 Brussels Belgium C

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 Paris France 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

International Zeolite Association

IZA 1967 Erlangen Germany C v

Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wasserwerke im Rheineinzugsgebiet

IAWR 1970 Düsseldorf Germany D

Internationale Gesellschaft für Elektrosmog-Forschung

IGEF 1990 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain N

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