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

International Symposium on the Properties of Water

ISOPOW 1974 Cork Ireland E c Conference Series

International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation

ITOPF 1968 London UK B

International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application

S c Conference Series

International Trade Union Alliance of Public Utilities, Local Industry and Services Workers

Moscow Russia D Trade and Labour Unions

International Trade Union Elektroprofsoyuz

Electrounion 1991 Moscow Russia D Trade and Labour Unions

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations

IUAPPA 1964 Burgess Hill UK C y International Federations

International Utilities Revenue Protection Association

IURPA 1990 Orlando FL USA N

International Waste Working Group

IWWG 2002 Hamburg Germany E

International Water and Resource Economics Consortium

IWREC Riverside CA USA E v

International Water Association

IWA 1999 London UK C

International Water History Association

IWHA 2001 Delft Netherlands D

International Water Management Institute

IWMI 1984 Colombo Sri Lanka E j Institutes

International Water Power Consortium

IWPC 1997 J gp IGOs

International Water Resources Association

IWRA 1971 Nanterre France B

International Water-Related Associations' Liaison Committee

IWALC 1994 Delhi India E y International Federations

International WaterCentre

IWC Brisbane Australia G

International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society

IWGS 1984 Greenville VA USA N

International Waterlogging and Salinity Research Institute

IWASRI 1986 Lahore Pakistan G j Institutes

International Zeolite Association

IZA 1967 Caen France C v

Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management

ISARM 2000 Delft Netherlands E


1998 Berkeley CA USA F


1968 The Hague Netherlands E

Irrigation Association

IA Falls Church VA USA G

IWA Asia Pacific Region Grouping


Joint Committee of IAHR and IAW on Urban Drainage

JCUD 1982 Burlington ON Canada E v

Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

1997 T g Treaties, IGOs

KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group

GARG 1999 Stockholm Sweden N

Kuwait Regional Convention for Cooperation on the Protection on the Marine Environment from Pollution

1978 Safat Kuwait T g Treaties, IGOs

Lake Chad Basin Commission

LCBC 1964 Ndjamena Chad E g IGOs

Laserlab Europe

Berlin Germany E

Latin American Association for Groundwater Hydrology Development

Montevideo Uruguay D

Latin American Association of Desalination and Water Reuse

2010 D

Latin American Association of Security and Hygiene at Work

1977 D

Latin American Bottled Water Association


Latin American Carbon Program

1999 Caracas Venezuela K g IGOs

Latin American Network for Rivers, River Communities and Water

2002 F

Latin American Society of Aquatic Mammal Specialists

1994 D

Latin American Water Education and Training Network

LA-WETNET 2002 Buenos Aires Argentina F

Latin American Water Information System

2001 F

LEDS Global Partnership

LEDS GP 2011 F y International Federations

Lifewater International

1978 San Luis Obispo CA USA G

Lighting Urban Community International

LUCI 2002 Lyon France F


2012 Brussels Belgium D


Colombo Sri Lanka D

Live Working Association

LWA Poznan Poland D

Living Water International

1991 Houston TX USA G

Living Waters for the World

Spring Hill TN USA G

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

LSHTM 1899 London UK G

Long-term Infrastructure Investors Association

LTIIA 2014 Paris France C

Low Carbon Asia Research Network

LoCARNet 2012 Hayama Japan F