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

Sustainable Nuclear Energy Technology Platform

SNETP 2007 Paris France F y

Sustainable Shipping Initiative

SSI 2010 London F

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action

Geneva Switzerland G f

Swiss Institute for Peace and Energy Research

SIPER 2011 Basel Switzerland N

Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations

1998 Geneva Switzerland T g

TerraWatt Initiative

TWI 2015 Paris G

Tethys Research Institute

1986 Milan Italy G j

The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association

TEPPFA 1992 Brussels Belgium D

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

GBI 2009 Eastbourne UK F

The James Hutton Institute

2011 Aberdeen UK G j

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Delft Netherlands G

The SeaCleaners

2016 La Trinité-sur-Mer France G

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Third World Network

TWN 1984 Penang Malaysia F

Tomorrow People Organization

2002 Belgrade Serbia G

Tostan

1991 Dakar F

Trade Union International of Chemical, Energy, Metal, Oil and Allied Industries

TUI CHEMISTRY-ENERGY B ty

Training Center for Tropical Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability

TREES 1979 Santa Cruz Philippines G

Trans-ASEAN Energy Network

Jakarta Indonesia J gp

Trans-Mediterranean Renewable Energy Cooperation

TREC Hamburg Germany G

Transition Network

2006 Totnes UK G

Treaty Establishing the European Atomic Energy Community

Treaty of Rome 1957 T g

Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center

1973 Turrialba Costa Rica E g

Tropical Resources Institute

TRI 1983 New Haven CT USA G j

Tropical Science Centre, San José

TSC 1962 San José Costa Rica N v

Tunza Southeast Asia Youth Environment Network

SEAYEN Singapore Singapore F

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 E g

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY F y

UNEP Copenhagen Climate Centre

1990 Copenhagen E

UNESCAP Pacific Operations Centre

UN/EPOC 1984 Suva Fiji K g

UNESCO Office for the Pacific States

1984 Apia Samoa E g

UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre for Technology Promotion and Transfer

ISEC 2006 Lanzhou China E g

Union européenne de cyclotourisme

UECT 2002 Ivry-sur-Seine France D

Union Européenne Contre les Nuisances des Avions

UECNA 1968 Milly-sur-Thérain France D

Union Latinoamericana de Mujeres

Red ULAM 2008 D

Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

1999 Brussels D t

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra Italy G

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Compensation Commission

UNCC 1991 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S cg

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY E g

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris B g

United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP 1972 Nairobi E g

United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names

UNGEGN 1959 New York NY E g

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva Switzerland E g

United Nations Institute for Training and Research

UNITAR 1963 Geneva Switzerland E gj

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