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 Off-Grid Lighting Association

GOGLA 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E y

Global Parks


Global Parliament of Mayors

GPM 2016 The Hague 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


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 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 B y

Global Water Partnership

GWP 1996 Stockholm 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 F

Go Green Initiative

2002 Pleasanton CA USA G


2004 Lansdale PA USA F

Good Energies Foundation

2007 Zug J f

Green Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F

Greening of Industry Network

GIN 1991 Enschede Netherlands F t

Group of European Municipalities with Nuclear Facilities

GMF 1993 Madrid Spain F

Group on Earth Observations

GEO 2005 Geneva Switzerland F g

Guilde européenne du raid

GER 1967 Paris France G

Hazardous Waste Europe

HWE 2011 Boulogne-Billancourt France J

HCV Network Ltd

HCV Network 2006 Oxford F y

Health Care Without Harm Europe

HCWH Europe 2003 Brussels Belgium E y

HEDON Household Energy Network

1992 London UK G

High Energy Physics Technology Transfer Network

HEPTech 2006 Darmstadt Germany F y

High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Panel 2018 Washington DC USA F y

Human Rights Funders Network

HRFN 1994 New York NY G

Hydraulique sans frontières

HSF 1990 Chambéry France G

Hydrogen Europe

2009 Brussels Belgium F

IAEA Environment Laboratories

IAEA-EL 1961 Vienna Austria F g

IEA Clean Coal Centre

1975 London UK E g

Illuminating Engineering Society

IES 1906 New York NY G

INCE Europe

2005 Wallasey UK G

Independent Power Producers Forum

IPPF Hong Kong Hong Kong F

industriAll European Trade Union

industriALL Europe 2012 Brussels Belgium D t

Infrastructure Consortium for Africa

ICA 2005 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E gy

Infrastructure Ecology Network Europe

IENE 1996 Paris France F

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum

ICEF 2014 S c

Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement

IHEID 2008 Geneva Switzerland G j

Institut International d'Ingénierie de l'Eau et de l'Environnement

2iE 2004 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F gj