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

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Energy Cities Partnership

WECP 1995 Houston TX USA J

World Energy Council

WEC 1923 London UK B

World Energy Forum

New York NY USA F

World EOD Foundation

Watford UK F f

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Forest Institute

WFI 1989 Portland OR USA G j

World Forestry Center, Portland

WFC 1989 Portland OR USA G

World Future Council Foundation

WFC 2007 Hamburg Germany F f

World Geospatial Industry Council

GWIC 2018 Amersfoort Netherlands C

World Green Infrastructure Network

WGIN 2008 Toronto ON Canada F

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Information Service on Energy

WISE 1978 Amsterdam Netherlands F

World LPG Association

WLPGA 1987 Neuilly-sur-Seine France F

World Mining Congress

WMC 1958 Katowice Poland C y

World Nuclear Association

WNA 1975 London UK C y

World Nuclear Fuel Market

WNFM Norcross GA USA F

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Petroleum Council

WPC 1933 London UK F

World Renewable Energy Network

WREN 1992 Brighton UK F

World Resources Forum Association

WRFA 2012 St Gallen Switzerland E y

World Resources Institute

WRI 1982 Washington DC USA E j

World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies

WSSET Nottingham UK C

World Wind Energy Association

WWEA 2001 Bonn Germany C y

World Wind Energy Institute

WWEI 2006 Hurup Thy Denmark E j

WorldFish

1975 Bayan Lepas Malaysia E

WorldLoop

2011 Brussels Belgium G

Worldview Resource Group

WRG Colorado Springs CO USA N

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy

1991 Wuppertal Germany G j

YES-Europe

2016 J

Young Professionals in Energy

YPE Houston TX USA N

Youth RISE

2006 London UK F

Zero Emissions Research Initiatives

ZERI 1994 Kamakura Japan E f

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA 2003 J

Zero Waste MENA

ZW MENA 2013 Cambridge UK J

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