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

Global Water Solidarity

GWS 2012 Geneva Switzerland E y


2004 Lansdale PA USA F

Graduate Women International

GWI 1919 Versoix Switzerland B

Grassroots International

GI 1983 Boston MA USA G

Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership

GHARP 2001 Nairobi Kenya F

Green Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F

Group of European Basin Organizations for the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive

EURO-INBO 2003 Paris France E

Group of European Municipalities with Nuclear Facilities

GMF 1993 Madrid Spain F

Group on Earth Observations

GEO 2005 Geneva Switzerland F g

Hazardous Waste Europe

HWE 2011 Boulogne-Billancourt France J

Health and Water African Foundation

HWAF 1999 F f

Healthmatch International

1998 Yaba Nigeria D

Heart to Heart International

HHI 1992 Lenexa KS USA G

Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe

1981 Bonn Germany G

High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Panel 2018 Washington DC USA F y

HOPE '87

1987 Vienna Austria G


1991 Gosport UK F

Human Appeal

1984 Cheadle UK F

Human Rights Funders Network

HRFN 1994 New York NY USA G

Hydraulique sans frontières

HSF 1990 Chambéry France G

Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica

HCA 1992 Monte Carlo Monaco K gy

Hydrographic Society Benelux

HSB Deinze Belgium D

IAEA Environment Laboratories

IAEA-EL 1961 Vienna Austria F g

Icelandic Church Aid

1969 Reykjavik Iceland G


2009 Paris France G

IEA Clean Coal Centre

1975 London UK E g

IFOAM - Organics International

IFOAM 1972 Bonn Germany B

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

1957 Delft Netherlands E jv

Illuminating Engineering Society

IES 1906 New York NY USA G

Imagine H2O

2009 G

Improve International

2011 Atlanta GA USA G

INCE Europe

2005 Wallasey UK G

Infrastructure Consortium for Africa

ICA 2005 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E gy

Infrastructure Ecology Network Europe

IENE 1996 Paris France F

Initiative for the Development of Africa

IDA Dakar Senegal G

Initiative: Eau

2013 Cambridge MA USA G

Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement

IHEID 2008 Geneva Switzerland G j

Institut méditerranéen de l'eau

IME 1982 Marseille France E j

Institute de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova e Lisboa

Lisbon Portugal G j

Institute for Zero Waste in Africa

IZWA Cape Town South Africa G j

Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa

IWMSA Roodepoort South Africa N j

Institution of Lighting Engineers

ILE 1924 Rugby UK N jv

Inter aide

IA 1980 Versailles France G

Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

IADC 1993 E

Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering

1948 Sao Paulo Brazil D

Inter-American Centre for Studies on Water Resources

1989 Toluca Mexico E

Inter-Islamic Network on Biosaline Agriculture

INBA 2002 Dubai United Arab Emirates F g

Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management

INWRDAM 1987 Amman Jordan F g

Inter-State Commission Water Coordination of Central Asia

ICWC 1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan E g

Inter-State School of Hydraulic and Rural Engineering for Senior Technicians

1972 F g