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

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


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

1990 Kansas City MO USA G


Ottawa ON Canada G


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

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g IGOs


1982 Brussels Belgium D

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G Institutes

WMO Hydrology and Water Resources Programme

HWRP Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

WMO Resource Mobilization Office

RMO Geneva Switzerland K g IGOs

Women in Nuclear

WIN 1989 London UK F

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

WOCAN Washington DC USA G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals

WINUP 1923 Grove City OH USA N Professional Bodies

World Alliance for Clean Technologies

Lausanne Switzerland J

World Alliance for Decentralized Energy

WADE 1998 Washington DC USA F

World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities

WALCC Beijing China C

World Association of Nuclear Operators

WANO 1989 London UK C

World Bioenergy Association

WBA 2008 Stockholm Sweden C

World Council for Renewable Energy

WCRE 2001 Dessau Germany C

World Council of Nuclear Workers

WONUC 1997 D Trade and Labour Unions

World Council of Power Utilities

WCPU 1995 Delhi India D

World Energy Cities Partnership

WECP 1995 Houston TX USA F

World Energy Council

WEC 1923 London UK B

World Energy Forum

New York NY USA F

World EOD Foundation

Watford UK F f Foundations

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y Professional Bodies, International Federations

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

World Forest Institute

WFI 1989 Portland OR USA G j Institutes

World Forestry Center, Portland

WFC 1989 Portland OR USA G

World Forum on Energy Regulation

WFER F c Conference Series