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

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 for Europe's Energy Future

REEF 2011 Brussels Belgium J

Rural and Urban Resources - Counselling, Outreach and Networking

RURCON 1971 Jos Nigeria G

Rural World Resources International

RWRI 2000 Bamenda Cameroon N


2008 Clermont-Ferrand France F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai 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 2001 Malmö Sweden D

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f

Secretaria Ejecutiva del Consejo de Electrificación de América Central

SE-CEAC 1985 San Salvador El Salvador E g

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention Geneva Switzerland E g

SEE Change Net Foundation

2012 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina G f

Self Storage Association Asia

SSAA 2014 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D

SETAC Latin America

Sao Paulo 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 Spain D v

Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

SGMF London UK C

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Evansville IN USA D

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 Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F

Solar Decathlon Europe

SDE Delft Netherlands J

Solar Electric Light Fund

SELF 1990 Washington DC USA G f

Solar Energy International

SEI 1991 Carbondale CO USA G

Solar Energy Society of Central Africa

SESCA Gisenyi Rwanda G

Solar Heat Europe

ESTIF 1992 Brussels Belgium D

Solar Light for Africa

SLA Melbourne FL USA G

Solar Solidarity International



2006 London UK G

SolarPower Europe

1985 Brussels Belgium D


Hainau Germany C

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme

SACEP 1982 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation

SAFIR 1999 Delhi India F