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

Middle Eastern Regional Radioisotope Centre for the Arab Countries

MERRCAC 1963 Giza 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

NETLIPSE

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

NEIAAP San Jose CA USA G

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

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

Nordenergi

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 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

Nuclear Energy Agency

NEA 1972 E g

Nuclear Energy Institute

NEI 1994 Washington DC USA G j

Nuclear Generation II and III Association

NUGENIA 2011 Brussels Belgium E

NucNet

1991 Brussels Belgium F v

Number Resource Organization

NRO 2003 E

Observatoire méditerranéen de l'énergie

OME 1988 Paris France D

Ocean Arks International

OAI 1981 Falmouth MA USA G

Ocean Energy Europe

EU-OEA 2006 Brussels Belgium D

Offshore Pollution Liability Association

OPOL 1974 London UK D

Oikocredit

1975 F ey

Oil and Gas Industry Energy Access Platform

EAP Vienna Austria F y

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

OGCI 2014 J

Oilwatch

1996 Port Harcourt Rivers Nigeria F

Oiseaux migrateurs du paléarctique occidental

OMPO 1987 Paris France E

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi Delhi India K

Organisation de la ruralité et du milieu européen

ORME D

Organisation mondiale du thermalisme

OMTh 1977 Cuntis A Coruña Spain D

Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators

OOCUR 2002 Georgetown Guyana D g

Organization for Tropical Studies

OTS 1963 Durham NC USA G

OSGP Alliance

2006 Groningen Netherlands C

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference

S c

Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

PCREEE Nuku‘alofa Tonga D g

Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology International

PACON 1982 Honolulu HI USA S c

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