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


1989 Brussels D

Future Africa Forum


Future of Rural Energy in Europe

FREE 2010 J

Gas Infrastructure Europe

GIE 2002 Brussels D

Gas Technology Institute

GTI 1941 Des Plaines IL USA G j

GCP Europe

1949 Brussels D

GEF CSO Network

GCN 1995 Phnom Penh F y

Generation Climate Europe


Generation IV International Forum

GIF 2001 Boulogne-Billancourt France F gy


1991 Brussels Belgium D


1976 Aubagne France G

Global 100% RE

Bonn Germany F y

Global Alliance for Energy Productivity

2015 Washington DC USA E y

Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace

GAMIP Delta BC C v

Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

2011 C y

Global Alliance of Social Enterprises in Travel & Tourism

GASET 2021 Bangkok J

Global Battery Alliance

GBA 2017 Cologny C y

Global Bioenergy Partnership

GBEP 2005 Rome Italy E g

Global Biomass Network Project

Grand Forks ND USA F

Global Biotechnology Transfer Foundation

GBTF Leeds J

Global BrightLight Foundation

Naples FL USA G f

Global Cabin Air Quality Executive

GCAQE 2006 London UK C

Global CCS Institute

2009 Melbourne VIC Australia C j

Global Clean Water Desalination Alliance

GCWDA 2015 C

Global Climate and Health Alliance

GCHA 2011 C y

Global Commons Institute, London

1991 London G j

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

GCoM 2016 Brussels Belgium F

Global Development Research Centre

GDRC 2000 Kobe Japan G

Global Diaspora Confederation

GDC 2020 F

Global Energy Balance Network

GEBN Columbia SC USA J

Global Energy Initiative

New York NY USA F

Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization

GEIDCO 2016 Beijing C

Global Energy Network Institute

GENI 1986 San Diego CA USA N j

Global Energy Storage Alliance

GESA 2014 Berkeley CA USA C y

Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute

GENRI 2013 Fairfax VA USA G j

Global Fellowship of Christian Youth

Global Fellowship 1963 Hemel Hempstead UK F

Global Forum on Sustainable Energy

GFSE 1999 Vienna Austria G

Global Fuel Economy Initiative

GFEI London UK E

Global HearthWorks Foundation

2013 Cambridge MA G f

Global Hope Mobilization

GLOHOMO Lilongwe Malawi G

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

Global Infrastructure Connectivity Alliance

GICA 2016 Singapore Singapore E y

Global Infrastructure Hub

GI Hub 2014 Sydney NSW Australia E

Global Lighting Association

2007 Ipswich QLD Australia F y

Global LPG Partnership

GLPGP 2012 New York NY USA F y

Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space

1992 Brunswick ME USA G