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 Federation of Angling in Fresh Waters

1972 Rome Italy K

International Federation of Dental Hygienists

IFDH Rockville MD USA D

International Federation of Hydrographic Societies

IFHS 1972 Plymouth UK F

International Federation of Private Water Operators

AquaFed 2005 Paris France C

International Foundation for the Protection of Drinking Water

1983 Auckland New Zealand G f Foundations

International Gas Union

IGU 1931 Barcelona Spain C y International Federations

International Generator Technical Community

IGTC N

International Grid Trust Federation

IGTF F y International Federations

International Ground Water Modelling Center

IGWMC 1978 Golden CO USA G

International Groundwater Hydrology Centre

1991 Barcelona Spain N f Foundations

International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre

IGRAC Delft Netherlands E

International Group of Research Reactors

IGORR 1989 Saint-Paul-lez-Durance France E

International HCH and Pesticides Association

IHPA 1998 Holte Denmark D

International Human Rights Funders Group

IHRFG 1994 New York NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

International Hydrographic Organization

IHO 1919 Monaco Monaco B g IGOs

International Hydrologic Environment Society

IHES Gyeongsan Korea Rep D

International Hydrological Programme

IHP 1975 Paris France F g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

International Hydropower Association

IHA 1995 London UK C

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA 1972 Laxenburg Austria D j Institutes

International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction

IIIRR Calgary AB Canada D Institutes

International Institute for Water Administration

Sophia Antipolis France K j Institutes

International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering

2IE 2004 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F jg Institutes, IGOs

International Institute of Innovative Acoustic Emission

I3AE Kyoto Japan C j Institutes

International Institute of Noise Control Engineering

IINCE 1974 Petaluma CA USA C j Institutes

International Islamic Forum for Dialogue

IIFD 1994 Jeddah Saudi Arabia E y International Federations

International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association

IKECA 1989 Philadelphia PA USA N

International Life Saving Federation - Americas

1993 Galveston TX USA E

International Life Saving Federation of Europe

ILSE 1994 Bad Nenndorf Germany E

International Lignin Institute

ILI 1991 Orbe Switzerland E j Institutes

International Maritime Organization

IMO 1948 London UK B g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

International Medical Corps

IMC 1984 Los Angeles CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

International Mine Water Association

IMWA 1979 Wendelstein Germany C

International Network for Water and Ecosystem in Paddy Fields

INWEPF 2004 Tokyo Japan F

International Network of Water Training Centres

INWTC 2008 Paris France D

International Network on Small Hydro Power

IN-SHP Hangzhou China E y International Federations

International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

INHWTS 2003 Geneva Switzerland F

International Occupational Hygiene Association

IOHA 1987 Derby UK D

International Ocean Noise Coalition

IONC 2002 Wädenswil Switzerland F y International Federations

International Office for Water

IOW Paris France E

International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds

IOPC Funds 1978 London UK F gf Funds, IGOs

International Oil Spill Conference

IOSC 1969 Washington DC USA S c Conference Series

International Organization for Natural Bathing Waters

2009 Bremen Germany D

International Orthodox Christian Charities

IOCC 1992 Baltimore MD USA G Humanitarian Organizations

International Paleolimnology Association

IPA 2006 E

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London UK F y International Federations

International Portable Sanitation Working Group

IPSWG 1996 Bloomington MN USA E

International Private Infrastructure Association

IPIA 2004 Chevy Chase MD USA G

International Private Water Association

IPWA 1999 New York NY USA N

International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association

IRCSA 1989 D

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva Switzerland F y International Federations

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