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

Transition Network

2006 Totnes UK G

Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community

Treaty of Rome 1957 T g

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Cartago Turrialba Costa Rica E g

Tropical Resources Institute

TRI 1983 New Haven CT USA G j

Tropical Science Centre, San José

TSC 1962 San José San José San José Costa Rica N v

Trust Fund for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution

1979 Athens Greece K fg

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 E g

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y

UNEP DTU Partnership

1990 Copenhagen Denmark E

UNESCAP Pacific Operations Centre

UN/EPOC 1984 Suva Fiji K g

UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre for Technology Promotion and Transfer

ISEC 2006 Lanzhou Gansu China E g

Union Européenne Contre les Nuisances des Avions

UECNA 1968 Milly-sur-Thérain France D

Union européenne de cyclotourisme

UECT 2002 Ivry-sur-Seine France D

Union Latinoamericana de Mujeres

Red ULAM 2008 D

Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

1999 Brussels Belgium D

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra PG Italy G

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Compensation Commission

UNCC 1991 Geneva GE Switzerland K g

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S cg

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

UNRISD 1963 Geneva GE Switzerland E gjv

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

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

UNU Institute for Natural Resources in Africa

UNU-INRA 1986 Accra Ghana E j

Urban Farming

Southfield MI USA N

Utility Communicators International

1921 Sandy Springs GA USA N

Utility Economic Development Association

UEDA Larchmont NY USA G

Verra

2005 Washington DC USA F

VGB PowerTech

VGB 1920 Essen Germany D

Vienna Energy Club

VEC Vienna Austria E y

Volta River Authority

VRA 1961 Accra Ghana G g

WASTE

1983 The Hague Netherlands G

Waste Free Waters

2011 Klimmen Netherlands G

Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean

1992 Panama Panama Panama E g

Water Institute of Southern Africa

WISA Midrand South Africa N jv

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

WSSCC Geneva GE Switzerland D v

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G

Water.org

1990 Kansas City MO USA G

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