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

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

Convention Relative à la Collecte, au Dépôt et à la Réception des Déchets Survenant en Navigation Rhenane et Intérieure

1996 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Supplementary to the Paris Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy

Brussels supplementary convention 1963 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous Wastes and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific

Waigani convention 1995 T g Treaties, IGOs

Cooperation Agreement for the Protection of North-East Atlantic Coasts and Waters Against Pollution

Lisbon Agreement 1990 T g Treaties, IGOs

Cooperative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Long-range Transmission of Air Pollutants in Europe

EMEP 1979 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Coordinating European Council for the Development of Performance Tests for Transportation Fuels, Lubricants and Other Fluids

CEC 1963 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

CORE Group

1997 Washington DC USA G y International Federations


1996 Oakland CA USA G

Council of European Energy Regulators

CEER 2000 Brussels Belgium E

Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific

CROP 1988 Suva Fiji E gy International Federations, IGOs


2002 Winchester UK F

Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

2008 Brussels Belgium E

Culture Resource

2003 Brussels Belgium F

Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

DARIAH-EU 2014 Berlin Germany F

Disaster Resource Partnership


Diverse Network

S c Conference Series

E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism

2004 London UK G



EarthAction Network

1992 Amherst MA USA F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations


1971 San Francisco CA USA G f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Earthlife Africa

ELA 1988 Dalbridge South Africa G v

EarthSpark International

Washington DC USA G


2005 Washington DC USA G

East Africa Power Pool

EAPP 2005 Addis Ababa Ethiopia E g IGOs

East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

EACREEE Kampala Uganda D g IGOs

East Asia and Pacific Infrastructure Regulatory Forum

EAPIRF 2003 Delhi India F

East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics

EAAERE 2010 Kyoto Japan D

Eastern African Power Industry Convention

EAPIC S c Conference Series

Eastern African Power, Mining and Telecoms Industry Convention

EATIC S c Conference Series

Eastern and Central Africa Maize and Wheat Network

ECAMAW Addis Ababa Ethiopia K

Eau Sans Frontières Internationale

1978 Paris France G

ECA Subregional Office for Southern Africa

SRO-SA Lusaka 1997 Lusaka Zambia E g IGOs

EcoLogic Development Fund

1993 Cambridge MA USA G f Funds, Funds

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

ECREEE 2007 Praia Cape Verde E g IGOs

ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

ERERA 2008 Accra Ghana E g IGOs

EKOenergy Network

EKOenergy 2010 Helsinki Finland F

Electric Power Council of the CIS

Moscow Russia E g IGOs

Electric Vehicle Union

EVU Brussels Belgium J

Energy 4 Impact

2002 London UK F

Energy Academy Europe

EAE Groningen Netherlands G

Energy and Environment Group

New York NY USA K g IGOs

Energy and Resources Institute

TERI 1974 Delhi India G j Institutes

Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Effects

1994 T g Treaties, IGOs

Energy Charter Treaty

ECT 1994 Brussels Belgium T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Energy Cities

Besançon France E

Energy Community

2005 Vienna Austria E g Intergovernmental Communities, Common Markets and Free Trade Zones, IGOs

Energy Council of the Americas


Energy Delta Institute

EDI 2002 Groningen Netherlands G j Institutes