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

Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

SGMF London UK C

Society for International Development

SID 1957 Rome Italy B y

Society for Social Studies of Science

4S 1975 Evansville IN USA D

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

SETAC 1979 Brussels F v

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

SEG 1930 Houston TX 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

SHE 1992 Brussels D t

Solar Light for Africa

SLA Melbourne FL USA G

Solar Solidarity International



2006 London UK G

SolarPower Europe

1985 Brussels 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

South East Asia Regional Network for Capacity Building in IWRM

AguaJaring Jakarta Indonesia F

South East Asian Water Utilities Network

SEAWUN 2002 Hanoi Vietnam F

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

UC Los Baños Philippines E

Southern African Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

Southern African Power Pool

SAPP 1995 Harare F g

Southern African Resource Watch

SARW Johannesburg South Africa J

Space Frontier Foundation

SFF 1988 Nyack NY USA G f

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Staff Association of the International Atomic Energy Agency

1957 Vienna Austria E v

Starlight Foundation

2007 La Laguna Spain G f

Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen

SOMO 1973 Amsterdam 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

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 London F

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action

Geneva Switzerland G f

Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research

SIPER 2011 Basel Switzerland N

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

1998 Geneva Switzerland T g

TerraWatt Initiative

TWI 2015 Paris G

Tethys Research Institute

1986 Milan Italy G j

The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association

TEPPFA 1992 Brussels Belgium D

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

GBI 2009 Eastbourne UK F

The James Hutton Institute

2011 Aberdeen UK G j

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Delft Netherlands G

The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative

Vienna G

The SeaCleaners

2016 La Trinité-sur-Mer France G

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F