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 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 Organization for Standardization

ISO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B

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

International Recovery Foundation

IRF Zurich Switzerland F f Foundations

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F Humanitarian Organizations

International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies

LCS-RNet 2009 Hayama Japan F y International Federations

International Salvage Union

ISU 1926 London UK D y International Federations

International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation, 1933

1933 T g Treaties, IGOs

International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation, 1944

1944 T g Treaties, IGOs

International Sanitary Convention, 1900

1900 T g Treaties, IGOs

International Sanitary Convention, 1912

1912 T g Treaties, IGOs

International Sanitary Convention, 1914

1914 T g Treaties, IGOs

International Sanitary Convention, 1926

1926 T g Treaties, IGOs

International Sanitary Convention, 1944

1944 T g Treaties, IGOs

International Sanitary Regulations, 1951

1951 T g WHO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

International Sanitary Supply Association

ISSA 1923 Lincolnwood IL USA N

International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

IFH 1998 Northwich UK G

International Secretariat for Water

ISW 1991 Montréal QC Canada F

International Ship Masters' Association

ISMA 1886 Avon Lake OH USA G v Professional Bodies

International Smart Grid Action Network

ISGAN 2010 Vienna Austria E g IGOs

International Society for Animal Hygiene

ISAH 1970 Hannover Germany D

International Society for Construction with Alternative Materials

ISCOWA 1992 Leuven Belgium D v

International Society for Environmental Protection

ISEP 1987 Vienna Austria D

international Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport infrastructures

iSMARTi 2003 B

International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure

ISHMII Winnipeg MB Canada D

International Society for Trenchless Technology

ISTT 1986 London UK C y International Federations

International Society of Blood Purification

1982 Rotterdam Netherlands C v

International Society of Environmental Botanists

ISEB 1994 Lucknow India G v

International Society of Exposure Science

ISES 1989 Herndon VA USA G v

International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development

ISGSD Stockholm Sweden C

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ 1992 Herndon VA USA C

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