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

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 Switzerland E g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

UNITAR 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gj

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva 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 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 E g

Water Institute of Southern Africa

WISA Midrand South Africa N jv

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

WSSCC Geneva Switzerland D v

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G

WaterCan

Ottawa ON Canada G

WaterNet

2000 Harare Zimbabwe F y

WEEELABEX Organisation

2013 Prague Czech Rep E

West African Power Pool

WAPP 1999 Cotonou Benin F

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

West Nordic Council

1985 Reykjavik Iceland F g

Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council

Honolulu HI USA G g

WindEurope

1982 Brussels Belgium D

Winrock International

1985 Little Rock AR USA G

WMO Hydrology and Water Resources Programme

HWRP Geneva Switzerland F g

WMO Resource Mobilization Office

RMO Geneva Switzerland K g

Women in Nuclear

WIN 1989 Perchtoldsdorf Austria F

Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

WOCAN Washington DC USA G

Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, International

WECAN 2011 Mill Valley CA USA G

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals

WINUP 1923 Grove City OH USA N t

World Alliance for Clean Technologies

Lausanne Switzerland J

World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities

WALCC Beijing China J

World Association of Nuclear Operators

WANO 1989 London UK C

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Bioenergy Association

WBA 2008 Stockholm Sweden C

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