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

Agreement on the Implementation of a European Project on Pollution, on the Topic 'Analysis of Organic Micropollutants in Water'

1971 T g

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 Sint-Stevens-Woluwe Belgium E

Akvo Foundation

2006 The Hague Netherlands G f


1999 Long Beach CA 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 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

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 Refugee Committee

ARC 1978 Minneapolis MN 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 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

Arab Foundation for Marine Environment

AFME 1995 Alexandria Egypt F f

Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization

ARCO 1975 Riyadh Saudi Arabia E