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

Franciscans International

FI 1985 Geneva Switzerland F Human Rights Organizations, United Nations Bodies

Freecycle Network

2003 Tucson AZ USA N

FRIEND / Hindu Kush-Himalayan

HKH-FRIEND 1996 Kathmandu Nepal K g IGOs

Friends of the Earth International

FoEI 1971 Amsterdam Netherlands F y International Federations


1989 Brussels Belgium D

Future of Rural Energy in Europe

FREE 2010 J

Gas Infrastructure Europe

GIE 2002 Brussels Belgium D

Gas Technology Institute

GTI 1941 Des Plaines IL USA G j Institutes

Generation IV International Forum

GIF 2001 Boulogne-Billancourt France F gy International Federations, IGOs


1991 Brussels Belgium D


1976 Aubagne France G

Global 100% RE

F y International Federations

Global Alliance for Energy Productivity

2015 Washington DC USA E y International Federations

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

GAIA 2000 Quezon City Philippines C

Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace

GAMIP Geneva Switzerland C v

Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative

GLAFRI 2015 Düsseldorf Germany C

Global Bioenergy Partnership

GBEP 2005 Rome Italy E g IGOs

Global Biomass Network Project

Grand Forks ND USA F

Global BrightLight Foundation

Naples FL USA G f Foundations

Global Cabin Air Quality Executive

GCAQE 2006 Horsham UK C

Global CCS Institute

2009 Melbourne Australia C j Institutes, International Federations

Global Commons Institute, London

1991 London UK G j Institutes

Global Community Monitor

GCM 2001 El Cerrito CA USA G

Global Coral Reef Alliance

GCRA 1990 Cambridge MA USA N

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy

2016 F

Global Energy Balance Network

GEBN Columbia SC USA F

Global Energy Initiative

New York NY USA F

Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization

GEIDCO 2016 Beijing China C

Global Energy Network Institute

GENI 1986 San Diego CA USA N j Institutes

Global Energy Storage Alliance

GESA 2014 Berkeley CA USA C y International Federations

Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute

GENRI 2013 Fairfax VA USA G j Institutes

Global Forum on Sustainable Energy

GFSE 1999 Vienna Austria G

Global Fuel Economy Initiative

GFEI London UK E

Global Hope Mobilization

GLOHOMO Lilongwe Malawi G Human Rights Organizations

Global Information Infrastructure Commission

GIIC 1995 Washington DC USA G

Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety

GIAIS 2004 F

Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation

GIB Foundation 2008 Basel Switzerland F f Foundations

Global Lighting Association

2007 Ipswich Australia F y International Federations

Global LPG Partnership

GLPGP 2012 New York NY USA F y International Federations

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

1992 Brunswick ME USA G

Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

RECPnet 2010 Vienna Austria F y International Federations

Global Off-Grid Lighting Association

GOGLA 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E y International Federations

Global Parks


Global Partnership for Oceans

GPO 2012 B y International Federations

Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches

GPRBA Washington DC USA E gy International Federations, IGOs

Global Power and Propulsion Society

GPPS Zug Switzerland C

Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities

GPA 1995 Nairobi Kenya K g IGOs

Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

GRFA 2009 C y International Federations

Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

GRACE 1996 New York NY USA G

Global Resource Information Database

GRID 1985 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs