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

Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

RCREEE Cairo Egypt D g

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

Regional Clean Sea Organization

RECSO 1972 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Regional Commission for Power Integration

1964 Montevideo Uruguay D

Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa

RERA 2002 Windhoek Namibia E

Regional Energy Resources Information Center

RERIC 1978 Pathum Thani Thailand E y

Regional Humid Tropics Hydrology and Water Resources Centre for South East Asia and the Pacific

HTC 1997 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

REMPEC 1976 Valletta Malta E g

Regional Network of Water-Basin - Organizations from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

NWO EECCA 2010 Tashkent Uzbekistan E

Regional Programme of Action for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

RPA 1998 Oslo Norway E g

Regional School of Sanitary Engineering and Hydraulic Resources

1965 Guatemala Guatemala E

Regions of Climate Action

R20 2010 Geneva Switzerland C g

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F

Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP 1992 Montpelier VT USA G


2005 Paris France F

Renew the Earth


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership

REEEP 2002 Vienna Austria F

Renewables Grid Initiative

RGI 2009 Berlin Germany F y

Research School for Resource Studies for Development

CERES 1992 Utrecht Netherlands G

Resource Accounting Network for Eastern and Southern Africa

RANESA 1998 Pretoria South Africa G

Resource Africa

1990 Pretoria South Africa G f

Resource Alliance

1981 London UK F

Resource Foundation

1987 New York NY USA F f

Resource Modeling Association


Resource Renewal Institute

RRI 1985 Mill Valley CA USA G j

Resources for the Future

RFF 1952 Washington DC USA G j

Revised African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources

2017 T g

RICS Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium E

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Right to Energy - SOS Future

2000 Montreuil France G

Rome Euro-Mediterranean Energy Platform

REMEP 2003 E g

Roundtable for Europe's Energy Future

REEF 2011 Brussels Belgium J

Rural and Urban Resources - Counselling, Outreach and Networking

RURCON 1971 Jos Nigeria G

Rural World Resources International

RWRI 2000 Bamenda Cameroon N


2008 Clermont-Ferrand France F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai India G f

SAARC Energy Centre, Islamabad

2004 Islamabad Pakistan K g

SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre

SPGRC 1988 Lusaka Zambia E g

Sahara Resource Network

2001 Port Elizabeth South Africa G

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

SSM 1958 Moratuwa Sri Lanka G

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA 2001 Malmö Sweden D

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Sea Change Foundation International

2011 N f

Secretaria Ejecutiva del Consejo de Electrificación de América Central

SE-CEAC 1985 San Salvador El Salvador E g

Secretariat for the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer

Ozone Secretariat 1989 Nairobi Kenya E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention Geneva Switzerland E g

SEE Change Net Foundation

2012 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina G f

Self Storage Association Asia

SSAA 2014 Sheung Wan Hong Kong D