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

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

Low Carbon Asia Research Network

LoCARNet 2012 Hayama Japan F

Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative

LCTPi Geneva Switzerland E

Low Power Radio Association

LPRA Hornchurch UK D


Berlin Germany D

Lux Pacifica - Association of Lighting Societies

Lux Pacifica Tokyo Japan C

Maghreb-Mashreq Alliance for Water

1993 Casablanca Morocco D

Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

MEF 2009 Washington DC USA F g

Measuring Network of Wind Energy Institutes

MEASNET 1997 Madrid Spain F

MED POL - Programme for the Assessment and Control of Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean

MED POL 1975 Athens Greece E g


1992 Paris La Défense France F y

Mediterranean Action Plan

MAP 1975 Athens Greece F g

Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations

MENBO 2002 Valencia Spain E

Mediterranean Oil Industry Group

MOIG 1992 Tunis Tunisia F t

Mediterranean Trust Fund

MTF 1979 Athens Greece E fg



Men's Resources International

MRI 2004 Springfield MA USA G

Microenergia - Micro Business Habitat

2001 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Middle East Lighting Association

MELA 2012 Valletta Malta D

Middle East Solar Industry Association

MESIA 2009 G t

Middle Eastern Regional Radioisotope Centre for the Arab Countries

MERRCAC 1963 Giza Egypt E g

Municipal Waste Europe

MWE 2008 Brussels Belgium D

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Foundation

NRECA International Foundation 1960 Arlington VA USA N

Natural Resource Governance Institute

NRGI 2013 New York NY USA F

Natural Resources Institute

NRI London UK G j

Natuur and Milieu

Utrecht Netherlands G


Baarn Netherlands F

Network for Capacity Building in Integrated Water Resources Management

CAP-Net Pretoria South Africa E y

Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe

NICOLE 1995 Rotterdam Netherlands F

Network of Reference Laboratories for Monitoring of Emerging Environmental Pollutants

NORMAN Network 2005 Verneuil-en-Halatte France F y

New Energy Industry Association for Asia and the Pacific


New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade - New Zealand Aid Programme

2002 Wellington New Zealand G g

NGO Shipbreaking Platform

2005 Brussels Belgium E y

NGO Sustainability

Norwalk CT USA J

NGVA Europe

1994 Brussels Belgium D

Nile Capacity Building Network in Integrated Water Resources Management

Nile-IWRM Net 2005 Khartoum Sudan E

Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South Technical Cooperation

NAM CSSTC 1995 Jakarta Indonesia E g


2005 Oslo Norway F

Nordic and Baltic Applied Fuel Cell Technology Research Network

Nordic Fuel Cell Net Kjeller Norway F

Nordic Association of Cleanroom Technology

1970 Åstorp Sweden D

Nordic Council of Ministers

NCM 1971 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Edge

2015 G c

Nordic Energy Regulators

NordREG 2002 Oslo Norway F

Nordic Energy Research

1999 Oslo Norway E

Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

1983 Hurup Thy Denmark G

Nordic Forest Research Cooperation Committee

1972 Alnarp Sweden E g

Nordic Meeting on Intermediate Energy Physics

Uppsala Sweden S c

Nubian Vault Association

2000 Ganges France F