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

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Delft Netherlands G

Trade Union International of Energy, Metal, Chemical, Oil and Allied Industries

TUI ENERGY 1998 Johannesburg South Africa B y International Federations, Trade and Labour Unions

Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability

TREES 1979 Santa Cruz Philippines G Institutes

Trans-ASEAN Energy Network

Jakarta Indonesia J gp IGOs

Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation

TREC Hamburg Germany G

Transition Network

2006 Totnes UK G

Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community

Treaty of Rome 1957 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Costa Rica E g Institutes, IGOs

Tropical Resources Institute

TRI 1983 New Haven CT USA G j Institutes

Tropical Science Centre, San José

TSC 1962 San José Costa Rica N v

Trust Fund for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution

1979 Athens Greece K gf Funds, Foundations, IGOs

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 Pristina Kosovo E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations, NATO Bod

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, International Federations

UNEP DTU Partnership

1990 Copenhagen Denmark E

UNESCAP Pacific Operations Centre

UN/EPOC 1984 Suva Fiji K g IGOs

UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre for Technology Promotion and Transfer

ISEC 2006 Lanzhou China E g IGOs

Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

1999 Brussels Belgium D

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy United Nations Bodies, Intergovernmental Communities, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations, 160000

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Compensation Commission

UNCC 1991 Geneva Switzerland K g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g UNESCO Bodies, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Universities Council on Water Resources

UCOWR 1962 Carbondale IL USA N

UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources

UNU-FLORES 2012 Dresden Germany K j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa

UNU-INRA 1986 Accra Ghana E j Institutes

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Utility Communicators International

1921 Sandy Springs GA USA N Professional Bodies

Utility Economic Development Association

UEDA Larchmont NY USA G

VGB PowerTech

VGB 1920 Essen Germany D

Vienna Energy Club

VEC Vienna Austria E y International Federations, Clubs

Volta River Authority

VRA 1961 Accra Ghana G g IGOs

WASTE

1983 The Hague Netherlands G

Waste Free Oceans

WFO Brussels Belgium F

Waste Free Waters

2011 Klimmen Netherlands G

Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean

1992 Panama Panama E g IGOs

Water Institute of Southern Africa

WISA Midrand South Africa N jv Institutes

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

WSSCC Geneva Switzerland D v WHO Bodies

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G

Water.org

1990 Kansas City MO USA G

WaterCan

Ottawa ON Canada G

WaterNet

2000 Harare Zimbabwe F y International Federations

WEEELABEX Organisation

2013 Prague Czech Rep E

West African Power Pool

WAPP 1999 Cotonou Benin F

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West Nordic Council

1985 Reykjavik Iceland F g IGOs

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