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 Type III

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala Sweden F y International Federations

Coalition for Energy Savings

Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

COGEN Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

Collaborative Working Group on Solid Waste Management in Low- and Middle-income Countries

CWG St Gallen Switzerland F

Comisión Latinoamericana de Empresarios de Combustibles

CLAEC 1995 Montevideo Uruguay E

Comité Latinoamericano de Desarrollo de Recursos Humanos

CLADE Bogota Colombia K

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1982 Hobart Australia E gy International Federations, IGOs

Commission on Air Pollution Prevention of VDI and DIN - Standards Committee

1990 Düsseldorf Germany G

Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Black Sea Commission Istanbul Turkey E g IGOs

Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards

CRIRSCO 1994 C

Committee of the Regions

CoR 1993 Brussels Belgium E g European Union Bodies, IGOs

Committee on Sustainable Energy

1990 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs

Common Access to Biological Resources and Information

CABRI 1996 Genoa Italy F

Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

CLARIN 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Analysis of Organic Micro-pollutants in Water

1980 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Physico-chemical Behaviour of Atmospheric Pollutants

1980 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Treatment and Use of Sewage Sludge

1979 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Complementary Protocol to the Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Southeast Pacific by Hydrocarbons and other Harmful Substances

1983 Quito Ecuador T g Treaties, IGOs

Complementary Protocol to the Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Southeast Pacific by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1983 T g Treaties, IGOs

Conciliation Resources

CR 1994 London UK G

Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants

CEWEP 2002 Düsseldorf Germany D

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction

PRES 2003 S c

Congreso Iberoamericano de Energia Solar

CIES S c Conference Series

Consensus for Sustainable People, Organisations and Communities

CSPOC 1983 Geneva Switzerland G

Construction Products Europe

1988 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

Convention Concerning the Protection of Workers Against Occupational Hazards in the Working Environment Due to Air Pollution, Noise and Vibration

1977 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft

Oslo Convention 1972 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region

SPREP convention 1986 Apia Samoa T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Protection of the Rhine Against Chemical Pollution

1976 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Protection of the Rhine from Pollution by Chlorides Modified by Exchanges of Letters

1976 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage Resulting from Exploration for and Exploitation of Seabed Mineral Resources

1977 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources in the Baltic Sea and the Belts

Gdansk convention 1973 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources of the High Seas

1958 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution

1979 Geneva Switzerland F g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Ban of the Import of Hazardous Wastes into Africa and on the Control of Their Transboundary Movements within Africa

Bamako Convention 1991 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Conservation and Management of Fishery Resources in the South-East Atlantic Ocean

2001 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean

2009 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1980 Hobart Australia T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Conservation of the Living Resources of the Southeast Atlantic

1969 Rome Italy T g FAO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

UNCRTD 1989 Geneva Switzerland T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Establishment of a Security Control in the Field of Nuclear Energy

1957 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter

LDC 1972 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources

Paris Convention 1974 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Bucharest convention 1992 Istanbul Turkey T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Regulation of Antarctic Mineral Resource Activities

CRAMRA 1988 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Relating to the Development of Hydraulic Power Affecting More Than One State

1923 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Relating to the Salvage of Torpedoes

1934 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Relating to the Transmission in Transit of Electric Power

1923 T g Treaties, IGOs

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