Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean Water & Sanitation

Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in and there is sufficient fresh water on the planet to achieve this. However, due to bad economics or poor infrastructure, millions of people including children die every year from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

Water scarcity, poor water quality and inadequate sanitation negatively impact food security, livelihood choices and educational opportunities for poor families across the world. At the current time, more than 2 billion people are living with the risk of reduced access to freshwater resources and by 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water. Drought in specific afflicts some of the world’s poorest countries, worsening hunger and malnutrition. Fortunately, there has been great progress made in the past decade regarding drinking sources and sanitation, whereby over 90% of the world’s population now has access to improved sources of drinking water.

To improve sanitation and access to drinking water, there needs to be increased investment in management of freshwater ecosystems and sanitation facilities on a local level in several developing countries within Sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, Southern Asia, Eastern Asia and South-Eastern Asia.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II Type III

Africa Groundwater Network

AGW-NET 2008 Harare Zimbabwe E

Africa Water Journalist Network

AWJN 2005 Amsterdam Netherlands G

African Water Association

AfWA 1980 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire D

African Water Facility

AWF 2004 Tunis Tunisia F g IGOs

Alianza por el Agua

2006 Saragossa Spain G y International Federations

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

AGAW 2010 Stockholm Sweden E

Aquatic Gardeners Association

Denton TX USA N v

Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission

ARHC 2010 Ottawa ON Canada E g IGOs

Asia Middle East Bottled Water Association

ABWA 1992 Jakarta Indonesia D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Operadores de Agua y Saneamiento

ALOAS 2010 D

Association of Regulators of Water and Sanitation of the Americas

2001 Asunción Paraguay D g IGOs

Association Régionale pour l'Irrigation et le Drainage en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre

ARID 1996 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso J

Australasian Hydrographic Society

AHS 2001 Belrose Australia G

Australasian Society of Phycology and Aquatic Botany

ASPAB 1980 Wellington New Zealand G

Blue Planet Network

2002 Oakland CA USA G

Bridging the Gap Foundation

BTG Chico CA USA G f Foundations

Caribbean Desalination Association

CaribDA 2008 Stuart FL USA D

Caribbean WaterNet

St Augustine Trinidad-Tobago F

China Europe Water Platform

CEWP 2012 F

East Asia Hydrographic Commission

EAHC 1971 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Eau vive

1978 Montreuil France G

European Drinking Water Cooler Association

EDWCA 2001 Saunderton UK G

European Federation of Bottled Waters

EFBW Brussels Belgium D

European Irrigation Association

EIA 1991 Brussels Belgium D

European Water Association

EWA 1981 Hennef Germany D International Federations

European Water Jetting Institute

EWJI 2013 Brussels Belgium D Institutes

European Water Partnership

EWP 2006 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

European Water Platform

WssTP 2004 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Freshwater Action Network

FAN 2000 San José Costa Rica F y International Federations

Freshwater Action Network - Central America

FANCA San José Costa Rica D y International Federations

Freshwater Action Network South America

FANAS Rio de Janeiro Brazil E

Freshwater Action Network South Asia

FANSA 2007 Secunderabad India E

FRIEND/Alpine and Mediterranean Hydrology

FRIEND/AMHY 1991 Montpellier France K gv IGOs

Fund for Latin American Irrigated Rice

1995 Cali Colombia F fy Funds, International Federations


1978 Nairobi Kenya K g IGOs

Gender and Water Alliance

GWA 2000 Dieren Netherlands G

Global Water

1982 Arlington VA USA G

Global Water Challenge

GWC 2006 Arlington VA USA G

Global Water Partnership

GWP 1996 Stockholm Sweden F

Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership

GHARP 2001 Nairobi Kenya F

Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica

HCA 1992 Monaco Monaco K gy International Federations, IGOs

Hydrographic Society Benelux

HSB Deinze Belgium D


2009 Paris France G

International Association for Sediment Water Science

IASWS 1984 Ljubljana Slovenia C

International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam

IAPWS 1929 D

International Association of Hydrological Sciences

IAHS 1922 Rennes France B

International Association of Limnogeology


International Bottled Water Association

IBWA 1958 Alexandria VA USA G

International Boundary and Water Commission

IBWC 1889 El Paso TX USA G g IGOs

International Conference on Water Jetting

1972 Bedford UK S c Conference Series