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

CO2 Value Europe

2017 Brussels Belgium D

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala F y

Coalition for Energy Savings

Brussels F y

COGEN Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium F y

Collaborative Intergovernmental Scientific Research Institute

CISRI 2000 Novara Italy E gj

Collaborative Working Group on Solid Waste Management in Low- and Middle-income Countries

CWG St Gallen Switzerland F

Comisión Latinoamericana de Empresarios de Combustibles

CLAEC 1995 Montevideo Uruguay E

Comité Regional de Recursos Hidraulicos del Istmo Centroamericano

CRRH 1966 San José Costa Rica E g

Commission for Environmental Cooperation

CEC 1994 Montréal QC E g

Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1982 Hobart TAS Australia E gy

Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage

CIE 1900 Vienna C

Commission on Air Pollution Prevention of VDI and DIN - Standards Committee

1990 Düsseldorf Germany G

Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Black Sea Commission Istanbul Turkey E g

Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards

CRIRSCO 1994 C

Committee on Sustainable Energy

1990 Geneva Switzerland E g

Common Access to Biological Resources and Information

CABRI 1996 Genoa Italy F

Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

CLARIN 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E

Common Seas

Bristol UK G

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v

Community Partners International

CPI 2010 San Francisco CA USA G

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Analysis of Organic Micro-pollutants in Water

1980 T g

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Physico-chemical Behaviour of Atmospheric Pollutants

1980 T g

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Treatment and Use of Sewage Sludge

1979 T g

Complementary Protocol to the Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Southeast Pacific by Hydrocarbons and other Harmful Substances

1983 Quito Ecuador T g

Complementary Protocol to the Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Southeast Pacific by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1983 T g

Conciliation Resources

CR 1994 London UK G

Confédération bouliste internationale

CBI 1983 Ankara Turkey D

Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants

CEWEP 2002 Düsseldorf D

Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe

CLAIRE 2018 The Hague Netherlands D

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y

Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction

PRES 2003 S c

Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones

CPCCAF 1973 Paris France C y

Congreso Iberoamericano de Energia Solar

CIES S c

Conseil européen de l'industrie chimique

CEFIC 1972 Brussels D yt

Consensus for Sustainable People, Organisations and Communities

CSPOC 1983 Geneva G

Construction Products Europe

1988 Brussels Belgium D y

Convention Concerning the Protection of Workers Against Occupational Hazards in the Working Environment Due to Air Pollution, Noise and Vibration

1977 Geneva Switzerland T g

Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft

Oslo Convention 1972 T g

Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region

SPREP convention 1986 Apia Samoa T g

Convention for the Protection of the Rhine Against Chemical Pollution

1976 T g

Convention for the Protection of the Rhine from Pollution by Chlorides Modified by Exchanges of Letters

1976 T g

Convention Internationale sur la Responsabilité et L'indemnisation pour les Dommages Liés au Transport par Mer de Substances Nocives et Potentiellement Dangereuses

Convention SNPD 1996 T g

Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage Resulting from Exploration for and Exploitation of Seabed Mineral Resources

1977 T g

Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources in the Baltic Sea and the Belts

Gdansk convention 1973 T g

Convention on Fishing and Conservation of the Living Resources of the High Seas

1958 T g

Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution

1979 Geneva Switzerland F g

Convention on the Ban of the Import of Hazardous Wastes into Africa and on the Control of Their Transboundary Movements within Africa

Bamako Convention 1991 T g

Convention on the Conservation and Management of Fishery Resources in the South-East Atlantic Ocean

2001 T g

Convention on the Conservation and Management of High Seas Fishery Resources in the South Pacific Ocean

2009 T g

Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources

CCAMLR 1980 Hobart TAS Australia T g

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