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


2006 Paris France F

Agronomes et vétérinaires sans frontières

AVSF Nogent-sur-Marne France G

AHEAD Energy

1988 Rochester NY USA G

Air and Waste Management Association

A and WMA 1907 Pittsburgh PA USA N Professional Bodies

Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre

AIVC 1979 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe Belgium E

Aleut International Association

AIA 1998 Anchorage AK USA G


1999 Long Beach CA USA G

Alliance for Rural Electrification

ARE 2006 Brussels Belgium E

Alliance for Synthetic Fuels in Europe

ASFE 2006 Brussels Belgium F

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

AEPW 2019 Dover DE USA C

Alliance to Save Energy

ASE 1977 Washington DC USA G

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 2016

Kigali Amendment 2016 T g Treaties, IGOs

Amendments to the Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution

1995 T g Treaties, IGOs

Amendments to the Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft

1995 T g Treaties, IGOs

American Coal Ash Association

ACAA 1968 Farmington Hills MI USA F

American Nuclear Society

ANS 1954 La Grange Park IL USA G

American Water Works Association

AWWA 1881 Denver CO USA E

Andean Institute of Ecology and Development

Cusco Peru G j Institutes

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Aqua Publica Europea

APE 2008 Brussels Belgium D


S c Conference Series

Arab Atomic Energy Agency

AAEA 1988 Tunis Tunisia D g IGOs

Arab Countries Water Utilities Association

ACWUA 2006 Amman Jordan D

Arab Foundation for Marine Environment

AFME 1995 Alexandria Egypt F f Foundations

Arab Group for the Protection of Nature

APN 2003 Amman Jordan E

Arab Resource Collective

ARC 1988 Beirut Lebanon G

Arab Towns Development Fund

ATDF 1979 Kaifan Kuwait F f Funds, Funds

Arab Water Council

AWC 2004 Cairo Egypt D

Arctic Contaminants Action Program

ACAP Anchorage AK USA K g IGOs

Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

AMAP 1991 Tromsø Norway E gy International Federations, IGOs

Artefact - Centre for Energy, Appropriate Technology and International Development Cooperation

Glücksburg Germany G

Artfactories - International Resource Platform for Independent Art Spaces

2007 Toulouse France G

ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

1985 T g Treaties, IGOs

ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution

2002 T g Treaties, IGOs

ASEAN Centre for Energy

ACE 1999 Jakarta Indonesia E g IGOs

ASEAN Council on Petroleum

ASCOPE 1975 Bangkok Thailand E g IGOs

ASEAN Power Grid

Nonthaburi Thailand E g IGOs

ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Centre

ASMC 1993 Singapore Singapore E

Asia Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Bioresources

ANSAB 1992 Kathmandu Nepal F

Asia Network of Organics Recycling

ANOR 2002 Tokyo Japan F

Asia Pacific Association of Hydrology and Water Resources

APHW 2002 Kyoto Japan D

Asia-Pacific Energy Research Centre

APERC 1996 Tokyo Japan G g IGOs

Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate

APPCDC 2005 F g IGOs

Asian Clean Fuels Association

ACFA 2000 Singapore Singapore D

Asian Consortium for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Microbial Resources

ACM 2004 Tokyo Japan D

Asian Energy Institute

AEI 1989 Delhi India E jy International Federations, Institutes

Asian Fisheries Social Science Research Network

AFSSRN 1983 Serdang Malaysia F

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Thailand F Human Rights Organizations

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

AIIB 2014 Beijing China F g Banks, IGOs

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Thailand F j Institutes