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

Regional Network of Water-Basin - Organizations from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

NWO EECCA 2010 Tashkent Uzbekistan E

Regional Programme of Action for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

RPA 1998 Oslo Norway E g

Regional School of Sanitary Engineering and Hydraulic Resources

1965 Guatemala Guatemala Guatemala E

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 F

Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP Montpelier VT USA G

Renew the Earth


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

REEEP 2002 Vienna Austria F

Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century

REN21 2005 Paris France F

Renewables Grid Initiative

RGI 2009 Berlin Germany F y

REScoop 20-20-20

2012 J

Research School for Resource Studies for Development

CERES 1992 Utrecht Netherlands G

Resource Accounting Network for Eastern and Southern Africa

RANESA 1998 Pretoria South Africa G

Resource Africa

1990 Pretoria South Africa G f

Resource Alliance

1981 London UK F

Resource Foundation

1987 New York NY USA F f

Resource Modeling Association


Resource Renewal Institute

RRI 1985 Mill Valley CA USA G j

Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

2017 T g

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Right to Energy - SOS Future

2000 Montreuil France G

Rome Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platform

REMEP 2003 E g

Roundtable of European Energy Industrialists

Oslo Norway J

Rural and Urban Resources - Counselling, Outreach and Networking

RURCON 1971 Jos Plateau Nigeria G

Rural World Resources International

RWRI 2000 Bamenda Cameroon N


2008 F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai Tamil Nadu India G f

SAARC Energy Centre, Islamabad

2004 Islamabad Pakistan K g

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g

Sahara Resource Network

2001 Port Elizabeth South Africa G

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

SSM 1958 Moratuwa Sri Lanka G

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA Malmö Sweden D

Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition Europe

SPARC Europe 2004 Apeldoorn Netherlands F

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f

Secretaria Ejecutiva del Consejo de Electrificación de América Central

SE-CEAC 1985 San Salvador San Salvador El Salvador E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland VD Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention Geneva GE Switzerland E g

Self Storage Association Asia

SSAA 2014 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo SP Brazil K

Share the World's Resources

STWR 2003 London UK G

Shell Foundation

2000 London UK G f

Sierra Club International Program

1972 Oakland CA USA E

Small Island Developing States - Island Energy for Island Life


Smart Water Networks Forum

SWAN Weybridge UK F c


Smart Energy Europe 2011 Brussels Belgium D

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Contaminación y Toxicologgia Ambientales

SICTA 2001 J

Sociedad Iberoamericana para el Desarrollo de las Biorrefinarias

SIADEB Lisbon Portugal D v

Société internationale de technique hydrothermale

SITH 1969 Cuntis A Coruña Spain D v

Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

SGMF London UK C

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 D