Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy

Affordable & Clean Energy

Goal 7 is about ensuring access to clean and affordable energy, which is key to the development of agriculture, business, communications, education, healthcare and transportation.

The world continues to advance towards sustainable energy targets – but not fast enough. At the current pace, about 660 million people will still lack access to electricity and close to 2 billion people will still rely on polluting fuels and technologies for cooking by 2030.

Our everyday life depends on reliable and affordable energy. And yet the consumption of energy is the dominant contributor to climate change, accounting for around 60 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

From 2015 to 2021, the proportion of the global population with access to electricity has increased from 87 per cent to 91 per cent.

Ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 means investing in clean energy sources such as solar, wind and thermal. Expanding infrastructure and upgrading technology to provide clean energy in all developing countries is a crucial goal that can both encourage growth and help the environment.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

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

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 1989 Los Baños Philippines E

Southern African Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

Southern African Power Pool

SAPP 1995 Harare Zimbabwe 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 Netherlands G f

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

POP treaty 2001 T g

Sulabh International Social Service Organization

SISSO 1970 New Delhi India G

Suomalaiset Kehitysjärjestöt

Fingo 2018 Helsinki Finland 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 t

Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform

SNETP 2007 Paris France F y

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 Hartley Wintney UK F

Sustentabilidad Sin Fronteras


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 France G

Tethys Research Institute

1986 Milan Italy G j

The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association

TEPPFA 1992 Brussels Belgium D t

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

GBI 2009 Eastbourne UK F

The Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit

ICIEC 1994 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E eg

The James Hutton Institute

2011 Aberdeen UK G j

The Nippon Foundation

1962 Tokyo Japan G f

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Rotterdam Netherlands G f

The Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative

Vienna Austria 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

Tomorrow People Organization

2002 Belgrade Serbia G


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 Philippines G

Trans-ASEAN Energy Network

Jakarta Indonesia J gp

Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation

TREC Hamburg Germany G

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 Costa Rica E g

Tropical Resources Institute

TRI 1983 New Haven CT USA G j

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F