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

Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy

1983 Hurup Thy Denmark G

Nordic Forest Research Cooperation Committee

1972 Alnarp Sweden E g

Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions

NIIS 2017 Tallinn Estonia G bg

Nordic Meeting on Intermediate Energy Physics

Uppsala Sweden S c

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NATO 1949 Brussels C g

Nubian Vault Association

2000 Ganges France F

Nuclear Energy Agency

NEA 1972 Boulogne-Billancourt E g

Nuclear Energy Institute

NEI 1994 Washington DC USA G j

Nuclear Generation II and III Association

NUGENIA 2011 Brussels E


1991 Brussels Belgium F v

Number Resource Organization

NRO 2003 E

Objectif Tiers-monde

OTM 1975 Luxembourg Luxembourg G

Observatoire méditerranéen de l'énergie

OME 1988 Paris 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

Offshore Wind Foundations Alliance

OWFA Brussels J

OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation

COMSTECH 1981 Islamabad Pakistan E g


1975 F ey

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative

OGCI 2014 J

Oil and Gas Industry Energy Access Platform

EAP Vienna Austria F ty


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 Levico Terme Italy D

Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators

OOCUR 2002 Georgetown Guyana D g

Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm G

Organization for Tropical Studies

OTS 1963 Durham NC USA G

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries

OPEC 1960 Vienna C g

OSGP Alliance

2006 Groningen C


2012 Bagnolet France F

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Pacific Basin Nuclear Conference

S c

Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

PCREEE Nuku'alofa Tonga D g

Pacific Community

SPC 1947 Nouméa New Caledonia D g

Pacific Congress on Marine Science and Technology International

PACON 1982 Honolulu HI USA S c

Pacific Environment

1987 San Francisco CA USA G

Pacific Institute for Resource Management

PIRM 1984 Wellington New Zealand G j

Pacific Institute of Resource Management, Wellington

PIRM 1984 Wellington New Zealand G j

Pacific Islands Development Forum

PIDF 2012 Suva Fiji F g

Pacific Power Association

PPA 1992 Suva Fiji D

Pacific Resource Exchange Center, Osaka

PREX 1990 Osaka Japan N

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning

PREL 1990 Honolulu HI USA N

Pacific Science Association

PSA 1920 Honolulu HI USA C

Pan-European Infrastructure for Ocean and Marine Data Management

SeaDataNet Plouzané E

Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy

1960 T g

Partnership for Acid Drainage Remediation in Europe

PADRE Sydney NS Canada K

Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

PCFV 2002 Nairobi Kenya E y