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


1998 Berkeley CA USA F


1968 The Hague Netherlands E

Irrigation Association

IA Falls Church VA USA G

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F Humanitarian Organizations

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 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

Local Authorities International Environmental Organization

1990 Lerwick UK D

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

Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative

LCTPi Geneva Switzerland E


1996 Berlin Germany D

Lux Pacifica - Association of Lighting Societies

Lux Pacifica Tokyo Japan C

Maghreb-Mashreq Alliance for Water

1993 Casablanca Morocco D

Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre

MEMAC 1982 Manama Bahrain E g IGOs

MED POL - Programme for the Assessment and Control of Pollution in the Mediterranean Sea

1975 Athens Greece K g IGOs


1992 Paris La Défense France F y International Federations

Mediterranean Action Plan

MAP 1975 Athens Greece F g IGOs

Mediterranean and Black Seas Hydrographic Commission

MBSHC 1978 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations

MENBO 2002 Valencia Spain E

Mediterranean Network of Water Training Centers

AquaForMed 2012 Paris France F

Mediterranean Oil Industry Group

MOIG 1992 Tunis Tunisia F

Mediterranean Water Charter

1992 T g Treaties, IGOs

Mediterranean Water Institute

1982 Marseille France E j Institutes

Megacities Alliance for Water under Climate Change


Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for the Aquatic Warbler

2003 Bonn Germany T g Treaties, IGOs

Meso-American-Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission

MACHC 1994 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Mezinarodni Komise pro Ochranu Labe

MKOL 1990 Magdeburg Germany E gy International Federations, IGOs

Middle East Desalination Research Centre

MEDRC 1996 Muscat Oman E