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

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

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

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


Hainau Germany C

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme

SACEP 1982 Colombo Sri Lanka F g

South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation

SAFIR 1999 Delhi 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 Hanoi Vietnam F

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

UC Los Baños LAG Philippines E

Southern African Power Pool

SAPP 1995 Harare Harare Zimbabwe F g

Southern African Resource Watch

SARW Johannesburg South Africa J

Space Frontier Foundation

SFF 1988 Nyack NY USA G f

Staff Association of the International Atomic Energy Agency

1957 Vienna Austria E v

Starlight Foundation

2007 La Laguna Santa Cruz de Tenerife Canaries G f

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

POP treaty 2001 T g

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

1936 T g

Sustainable Energy for All

SEforALL 2011 Vienna Austria E

Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa

SESSA 1964 Ferndale South Africa G

Sustainable Fuels

1985 Brussels Belgium E

Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform

SNETP 2007 Paris France F y

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action

Geneva GE Switzerland G f

Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research

SIPER 2011 Basel BS Switzerland N

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

1998 Geneva GE Switzerland T g

TerraGraphics International Foundation

TIFO 2012 Moscow ID USA G f

TerraWatt Initiative

TWI 2015 Paris France G

Tethys Research Institute

1986 Milan MI Italy G j

The James Hutton Institute

2011 Aberdeen UK G j

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Delft Netherlands G

The SeaCleaners

2016 La Trinité-sur-Mer France G

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Tostan International

1991 Dakar Senegal F

Trade Union International of Chemical, Energy, Metal, Oil and Allied Industries


Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability

TREES 1979 Santa Cruz LAG Philippines G

Trans-ASEAN Energy Network

Jakarta Indonesia J gp

Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation

TREC Hamburg Germany G