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

International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists

IADRS 1978 Avon IN USA N

International Association of Hydrogeologists

IAH 1956 Reading UK B

International Association of Hydrological Sciences

IAHS 1922 Rennes France B

International Association of Hygienic Physicians

IAHP 1978 Youngstown OH USA N

International Association of Lighting Designers

IALD 1969 Chicago IL USA G

International Association of Lighting Management Companies

NALMCO 1953 Ankeny IA USA G

International Association of Limnogeology

IAL Athens OH USA N

International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area

1993 Vienna Austria D

International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA 1957 Vienna Austria B g

International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group

GTB 1951 Turin TO Italy E

International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association

IBMA 1995 Brussels Belgium D

International Bottled Water Association

IBWA 1958 Alexandria VA USA G

International Boundary and Water Commission

IBWC 1889 El Paso TX USA G g

International Buddhist Relief Organization

IBRO Birmingham UK G

International Carbon Action Partnership

ICAP 2007 Berlin Germany F g

International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance

ICROA 2008 Geneva GE Switzerland E

International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments

1970 Auburn AL USA G

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

ICBA 1999 Dubai United Arab Emirates E

International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management

ICIWaRM Alexandria VA USA G

International Center for Urban Water Hydroinformatics Research and Innovation

ICUH 2008 Incheon Korea Rep G

International Center on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures, Yazd

ICQHS 2005 Yazd Yazd Iran Islamic Rep E

International Centre for a Water Civilization

1998 Mogliano Veneto TV Italy G

International Centre for Coast Ecohydrology

ICCE 2009 Faro Portugal E y

International Centre for Infrastructure Futures

ICIF London UK N

International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

SDEWES Centre Zagreb Croatia G

International Centre for Water Cooperation

ICWC Stockholm Sweden G

International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management

ICHARM 2006 Ibaraki Osaka Japan G g

International Centre for Water Management Services

cewas Willisau LU Switzerland G

International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change

ICWRGC Koblenz Germany E g

International Centre of Water for Food Security

IC Water Wagga Wagga NSW Australia G

International Christian Aid Relief Enterprises

ICARE 1982 Parramatta NSW Australia G

International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin

1970 Lelystad Netherlands D g

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River

ICPDR 1998 Vienna Austria E gy

International Commission for the Protection of the Water Lake Geneva

1962 Nyon VD Switzerland G

International Commission of Jurists

ICJ 1952 Geneva GE Switzerland B y

International Commission of the Meuse

1998 Liège Belgium E g

International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution

ICACGP 1957 Bremen Germany E v

International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise

ICBEN 1968 The Hague Netherlands E v

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage

ICID 1950 Delhi Delhi India B

International Commission on Large Dams

ICOLD 1928 Paris France B

International Commissions for the Protection of the Moselle and Saar

ICPMS 1961 Konz-Saarburg Germany E g

International Committee of the Red Cross

ICRC 1863 Geneva GE Switzerland F v

International Committee on Contaminated Land

ICCL 1993 Vienna Austria E

International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene

ICFMH 1953 Girona Girona Spain E v

International Computing Centre

ICC 1971 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

International Confederation of Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies

ICCPCA 1969 E v

International Confederation of Contamination Control Societies

ICCCS 1972 Düsseldorf Germany D

International Confederation of Water Transport Workers' Unions

ICWTWU 1992 Moscow Moskva Russia D

International Conference on Air Quality - Science and Application

Hatfield UK S c

International Conference on Artificial Reefs and Related Aquatic Habitats

CARAH S c

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