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

Pure Earth

1999 New York NY USA G j Institutes

PV CYCLE Association

2007 Brussels Belgium D

Race for Water Foundation

2010 Lausanne Switzerland G f Foundations

RECS International

2000 Arnhem Netherlands F

Red Latinoamericana de Desarrollo de Capacidades para la Gestión Integrada del Agua

LA-WETnet Buenos Aires Argentina F

Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production

RAC/CP 1995 Barcelona Spain K g IGOs

Regional Agreement on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes

1992 T g Treaties, IGOs

Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa

RAERESA 2009 Lusaka Zambia E g IGOs

Regional Association of Oil, Gas and Biofuels Sector Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean

1965 Montevideo Uruguay D

Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

RCREEE Cairo Egypt D g IGOs

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g FAO Bodies, IGOs

Regional Clean Sea Organization

RECSO 1972 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Regional Commission for Power Integration

1964 Montevideo Uruguay D

Regional Committee on Hydraulic Resources of Water Resources Committee of the Central American Isthmus

1966 San José Costa Rica E g IGOs

Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa

RERA 2002 Windhoek Namibia E

Regional Energy Resources Information Center

RERIC 1978 Pathum Thani Thailand E y International Federations

Regional Humid Tropics Hydrology and Water Resources Centre for South East Asia and the Pacific

HTC 1997 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g IGOs

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean

REMPEITC-Carib 1994 Willemstad Curaçao E g IGOs

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

REMPEC 1976 Valletta Malta E g IGOs

Regional Network of Water-Basin - Organizations from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

NWO EECCA 2010 Tashkent Uzbekistan E

Regional Programme of Action for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

RPA 1998 Oslo Norway E g IGOs

Regional School of Sanitary Engineering and Hydraulic Resources

1965 Guatemala Guatemala E

Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP Montpelier VT USA G

Renew the Earth

RTE Albany NY USA G

Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

REEEP 2002 Vienna Austria F

Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century

REN21 2005 Paris France F

Renewables Grid Initiative

RGI 2009 Berlin Germany F y International Federations

REScoop 20-20-20

2012 J

Research School for Resource Studies for Development

CERES 1992 Utrecht Netherlands G

Resource Accounting Network for Eastern and Southern Africa

RANESA 1998 Pretoria South Africa G

Resource Africa

1990 Pretoria South Africa G f Foundations

Resource Alliance

1981 London UK F

Resource Foundation

1987 New York NY USA F f Foundations

Resource Modeling Association

RMA Arcata CA USA N

Resource Renewal Institute

RRI 1985 Mill Valley CA USA G j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

Right Sharing of World Resources

RSWR 1967 Richmond IN USA G Human Rights Organizations

Right to Energy - SOS Future

2000 Montreuil France G Human Rights Organizations

Rights and Resources Initiative

RRI 2005 Washington DC USA F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Rome Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platform

REMEP 2003 E g IGOs

Roundtable of European Energy Industrialists

Oslo Norway J

Rural and Urban Resources - Counselling, Outreach and Networking

RURCON 1971 Jos Nigeria G

Rural Water Supply Network

RWSN St Gallen Switzerland F

Rural World Resources International

RWRI 2000 Bamenda Cameroon N

RURENER

2008 Clermont-Ferrand France F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai India G f Foundations

SAARC Energy Centre, Islamabad

2004 Islamabad Pakistan K g IGOs

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g IGOs

Sahara Resource Network

2001 Port Elizabeth South Africa G

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

SSM 1958 Moratuwa Sri Lanka G Humanitarian Organizations

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA Malmö Sweden D

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