Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean Water & Sanitation

Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is the most basic human need for health and well-being. Billions of people will lack access to these basic services in 2030 unless progress quadruples. Demand for water is rising owing to rapid population growth, urbanization and increasing water needs from agriculture, industry, and energy sectors.

The demand for water has outpaced population growth, and half the world’s population is already experiencing severe water scarcity at least one month a year. Water scarcity is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change.

Investments in infrastructure and sanitation facilities; protection and restoration of water- related ecosystems; and hygiene education are among the steps necessary to ensure universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, and improving water-use efficiency is one key to reducing water stress.

There has been positive progress. Between 2015 and 2022, the proportion of the world’s population with access to safely managed drinking water increased from 69 per cent to 73 per cent.

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

Agreement on the Implementation of a European Project on Pollution, on the Topic 'research into Physico-chemical Behaviour of Sulphur Dioxide in the Atmosphere'

1971 T g

Agreement on the Implementation of a European Project on Pollution, on the Topic 'sewage Sludge Processing'

1971 T g

Agreement to Facilitate the Sanitary Control of Traffic

1955 T g

Agricultural and Land and Water Use Commission for the Near East

ALAWUC Cairo Egypt E gy

Agroecology Fund

AEF 2012 F f

Aide internationale au développement et à l'enfance

AIDE Aublain Belgium G

Aide médicale et développement

AMD 1986 Grenoble France G

Air and Waste Management Association

A and WMA 1907 Pittsburgh PA USA G

Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre

AIVC 1979 Ghent Belgium E

Akvo Foundation

2006 The Hague Netherlands G f


1999 Long Beach CA USA G


1978 Minneapolis MN USA G

Alliance for Global Water Adaptation

AGAW 2010 Stockholm Sweden E

Alliance for Rural Electrification

ARE 2006 Brussels Belgium E

Alliance for Synthetic Fuels in Europe

ASFE 2006 Brussels Belgium F

Alliance for Water Stewardship

AWS North Berwick UK C y

Alliance of International Science Organizations

ANSO 2018 Beijing China C y

Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation

ANCSSC 2018 London UK J

Alliance pour la Préservation des Forêts

APF Paris France G

Alliance to End Plastic Waste

AEPW 2019 Dover DE USA C

Alliances for Africa

AfA 1996 Lagos Nigeria G

Amazon Conservation Association

ACA 1999 Washington DC USA G

Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization

ACTO 1998 Brasilia Brazil D g

Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 2016

Kigali Amendment 2016 T g

Amendments to the Convention for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution

1995 T g

Amendments to the Protocol for the Prevention of Pollution of the Mediterranean Sea by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft

1995 T g

Amendments to the Protocol for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities

1996 T g

American Coal Ash Association

ACAA 1968 Farmington Hills MI USA F

American Near East Refugee Aid

ANERA 1968 Washington DC USA G

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

ARAHA 2000 Columbia Heights MN USA G

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

ASTMH 1951 Arlington VA USA G

American Water Works Association

AWWA 1881 Denver CO USA E


1977 Brussels Belgium D

Amref Health Africa

1957 Nairobi Kenya F f

Andean Institute of Ecology and Development

Cusco Peru G j

Andheri-Hilfe, Bonn

1967 Bonn Germany G

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Anti-Persoonsmijnen Ontmijnende Productontwikkeling

APOPO 1998 Antwerp Belgium G

Appel aide aux enfants victimes de conflits

1969 Paris France G

Aqua for All

2002 The Hague Netherlands G

Aqua Publica Europea

APE 2008 Brussels Belgium D


2011 Omaha NE USA G


S c


2002 D g

Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management Society

AEHMS 1989 C

Aquatic Gardeners Association

Denton TX USA N v

Arab Council for Childhood and Development

ACCD 1987 Cairo Egypt D y

Arab Countries Water Utilities Association

ACWUA 2006 Amman Jordan D

Arab Drilling and Workover Company

ADWOC 1980 Tripoli Libya K eg

Arab Federation for Food Industries

AFFI 1977 Damascus Syrian AR D t