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

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 Chatham 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 Development Bank

NDB 2014 Shanghai China E g

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 Brussels Belgium 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

Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

NDPHS 2003 Stockholm Sweden F gy

Nubian Vault Association

2000 Ganges France F

Nuclear Energy Agency

NEA 1972 Boulogne-Billancourt France E g

Nuclear Energy Institute

NEI 1994 Washington DC USA G j

Nuclear Generation II and III Association

NUGENIA 2011 Brussels Belgium E


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

OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

COMSTECH 1981 Islamabad Pakistan E g


1975 F ey

Oil and Gas Industry Energy Access Platform

EAP Vienna Austria F ty

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

OGCI 2014 J


1996 Port Harcourt Nigeria F

Oiseaux migrateurs du paléarctique occidental

OMPO 1987 Paris France E

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K

Orgalim - Europe's Technology Industries

1947 Brussels Belgium D t

Organisation de la ruralité et du milieu européen


Organisation mondiale du thermalisme

OMTh 1977 Cuntis 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