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

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition Europe

SPARC Europe 2004 Apeldoorn Netherlands F

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f Humanitarian Organizations, Funds

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f Foundations

Secretariat for the Basel Convention

SBC Geneva Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention Geneva Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo Brazil K

Share the World's Resources

STWR 2003 London UK G

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f Foundations

Sierra Club International Program

1972 Oakland CA USA E Clubs

Small Island Developing States - Island Energy for Island Life



Smart Energy Europe 2011 Brussels Belgium D

Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

SGMF 2014 London UK C

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC 1979 Brussels Belgium F v

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

SEG 1930 Tulsa OK USA G v

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Solar Decathlon Europe

SDE Delft Netherlands J

Solar Electric Light Fund

SELF 1990 Washington DC USA G f Funds, Funds

Solar Energy International

SEI 1991 Carbondale CO USA G

Solar Energy Society of Central Africa

SESCA Gisenyi Rwanda G

Solar Light for Africa

SLA Melbourne FL USA G

Solar Solidarity International



2006 London UK G

SolarPower Europe

1985 Brussels Belgium D


Hanau Germany C

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme

SACEP 1982 Colombo Sri Lanka F g IGOs

South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation

SAFIR 1999 Delhi India F

South East Asia Regional Network for Capacity Building in IWRM

AguaJaring Jakarta Indonesia F

South East Asian Water Utilities Network

SEAWUN 2002 Hanoi Vietnam F

Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources

UC Los Baños Philippines E

Southern African Power Pool

SAPP 1995 Harare Zimbabwe F g IGOs

Southern African Resource Watch

SARW Johannesburg South Africa J

Space Frontier Foundation

SFF 1988 Nyack NY USA G f Foundations

Staff Association of the International Atomic Energy Agency

1957 Vienna Austria E v Staff Associations

Starlight Foundation

2007 La Laguna Spain G f Foundations

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

POP treaty 2001 T g Treaties, IGOs

Supplementary Convention Amending the Convention Concerning the Tenure and Disposal of Real and Personal Property

1936 T g Treaties, IGOs

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa

SESSA 1964 Ferndale South Africa G

Sustainable Fuels

Brussels Belgium E

Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform

SNETP 2007 Paris France F y International Federations

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action

Geneva Switzerland G f Foundations

Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research

SIPER 2011 Basel Switzerland N Institutes

Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations

1998 Geneva Switzerland T g Treaties, IGOs

TerraWatt Initiative

TWI 2015 Paris France G

Tethys Research Institute

1986 Milan Italy G j Institutes

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Delft Netherlands G

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

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