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

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 China 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 Engineering Deans Council

GEDC 2008 Fairfax VA USA E

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 USA 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

Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

RECPnet 2010 Vienna Austria F y

Global Observatory on Peer-to-Peer, Community Self-Consumption and Transactive Energy Models

GO-P2P 2019 London UK F v

Global Off-Grid Lighting Association

GOGLA 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E y

Global Parks


Global Parliament of Mayors

GPM 2016 The Hague Netherlands F v

Global Partnership for Oceans

GPO 2012 B y

Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches

GPRBA 2003 Washington DC USA E gy

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

Global Renewable Fuels Alliance

GRFA 2009 C y

Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment

The Alliance 2017 C

Global Resource Action Center for the Environment

GRACE 1996 New York NY USA G

Global Resource Information Database

GRID 1985 Geneva Switzerland F g

Global Resource Services

GRS 1997 Tucson AZ USA G

GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY - Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid

2008 Vienna Austria G y

Global Rights

1978 Abuja Nigeria G

Global Smart Grid Federation

GSGF 2010 Belfast UK E

Global Solar Council

GSC 2015 B y

Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership

GSEP 2010 E g

Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference

G-STIC 2017 S c

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

GSTC 2010 Washington DC USA B y

Global Water Partnership

GWP 1996 Stockholm Sweden F

Global Water Research Coalition

GWRC 2002 Stirling SA Australia C

Global Wind Energy Council

GWEC 2005 Brussels Belgium E

Global Women's Network for the Energy Transition

GWNET 2017 Vienna Austria F