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

1996 Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter

LC Prot 1996 1996 London UK T g

5 Gyres Institute

5GYRES Santa Monica CA USA G


Brussels Belgium E y

Academic Council on the United Nations System

ACUNS 1987 E y

Academy of Eating Disorders

AED 1993 Reston VA USA E


1972 Juba South Sudan E

Additional Protocol to the Convention of 31 January 1963 Supplementary to the Paris Convention of 29 July 1960 on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy

1964 T g

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy

1964 T g


1987 Nairobi Kenya F v

Africa Civil Society for the Information Society

ACSIS 2003 Dakar Senegal D

Africa Clean Energy Group


Africa Development Interchange Network

ADIN 1985 Douala Cameroon G

Africa Energy Forum


Africa Faith and Justice Network

AFJN 1983 Washington DC USA G

Africa Infrastructure Foundation

1995 Lagos Nigeria N f

Africa Ministry Resources

AMR Weltevreden Park South Africa G

Africa Solar Industry Association

AFSIA 2019 Kigali Rwanda F t

African Agency For Integrated Development

AAID 1998 Fort Portal Uganda G

African Coalition for Sustainable Energy and Access

ACSEA 2016 Nairobi Kenya J

African Commission on Nuclear Energy

AFCONE 2010 Pretoria South Africa E g

African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1968 T g

African Energy Commission

AFREC 2008 Algiers Algeria E g

African Forum for Utility Regulators

AFUR 2002 Pretoria South Africa F

African Library and Information Associations and Institutions

AfLIA 2013 Accra Ghana D

African Marine Waste Network

AMWN 2016 Port Elizabeth South Africa G

African Population and Health Research Center

APHRC 1995 Nairobi Kenya E

African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

ARIPO 1976 Harare Zimbabwe D g

African Renewable Energy Alliance

AREA 2009 D

African Research and Resource Forum

ARRF 2002 Nairobi Kenya F

African Resources Watch

AFREWATCH 2013 Lubumbashi Congo DR G

African Sustainable Energy Association

AFSEA Johannesburg South Africa J

African Trade Insurance Agency

ATI 2000 Nairobi Kenya E gyt

African Wind Energy Association

AfriWEA 2002 Darling South Africa D

Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators

ACER 2009 Ljubljana Slovenia E g

Agreed Declaration Relating to Atomic Energy

1945 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperation in Taking Measures Against Pollution of the Sea by Oil

1971 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperation to Ensure Compliance with the Regulations for Preventing the Pollution of the Sea by Oil

1967 T g

Agreement Concerning Cooperative Research in Reactor Science

1970 T g

Agreement Concerning the Application of the Agreement of 11 February 1977, in the Field of Gas-cooled Reactor Concepts and Technology

1977 T g

Agreement Concerning the Regulations of Lake Inari by Means of the Kaitakoski Hydro - Electric Power Station and Dam

1959 T g

Agreement for cooperation in dealing with pollution of the North Sea by oil and other harmful substances

Bonn Agreement 1983 London UK F gy

Agreement for the Transfer of a Training Reactor and Enriched Uranium

1970 T g

Agreement on Administrative Arrangements for the Perk Thnot - Cambodia - Power and Irrigation Development Project

1968 T g

Agreement on an International Energy Program

1974 T g

Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the South-East Pacific by Hydrocarbons or other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1981 T g

Agreement on Research Participation and Technical Exchange in the In-pile CABRI and Annular Core Pulsed Reactor Research Programs Related to Fast Reactor Safety

1978 T g

Agreement on the Exploitation and Conservation of the Maritime Resources of the South Pacific

1952 T g

Agreement on the Implementation of a European Project on Pollution, on the Topic 'Analysis of Organic Micropollutants in Water'

1971 T g

Agreement on the Implementation of a European Project on Pollution, on the Topic 'research into Physico-chemical Behaviour of Sulphur Dioxide in the Atmosphere'

1971 T g

Agreement on the Implementation of a European Project on Pollution, on the Topic 'sewage Sludge Processing'

1971 T g