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The issues of international cooperation in the energy sector are the important factor in the social and economic development of mankind.

International cooperation has proved to be a reliable tool for solving major problems faced by countries or groups of countries throughout their history. It is a multifarious social phenomenon rooted deep in history. International cooperation has taken a variety of forms which is primarily attributed to a range of problems experienced the society at different stages of its development and solved more effectively by combining the efforts of people.

Increasing energy efficiency of the global economy by 40 per cent by 2030, alleviating energy poverty and ensuring universal access to modern forms of energy by 2030 are all included in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which serve as the main guidelines for the international and regional cooperation in the energy field.

In recent years there has been an increase in the range of governmental and non-governmental organizations participating in and promoting international cooperation in various energy sectors, which have become an important area of scientific, technological and economic partnership between countries. Such partnership helps exchange not only energy sources, but also energy technologies, scientific and technical expertise as well as qualified specialists.

ISEDC contributes to the development of international energy cooperation through the dissemination of scientific, technical, socio-economic and practical information on various aspects of the energy sector, with particular attention to humanitarian issues relating to sustainable energy development.

During the recent years ISEDC has accumulated a rich experience of cooperation with many leading international organizations, which perform their main activities in the framework of sustainable energy development. In particular, the Centre has experience of successful cooperation in a number of international projects and programs with UN organizations such as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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