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 HCH and Pesticides Association

IHPA 1998 Holte Denmark D

International Health Cooperative Organization

IHCO 1996 Barcelona Barcelona Spain E

International Hydrographic Organization

IHO 1919 Monte Carlo Monaco B g

International Hydrologic Environment Society

IHES Gyeongsan North Gyeongsang Korea Rep D

International Hydrological Programme

IHP 1975 Paris France F g

International Hydropower Association

IHA 1995 London UK C

International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

IIASA 1972 Laxenburg Austria D j

International Institute for Infrastructure Resilience and Reconstruction

IIIRR Calgary AB Canada D

International Institute for Water Administration

Sophia Antipolis France K j

International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering

2IE 2004 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F gj

International Institute of Innovative Acoustic Emission

I3AE Kyoto Kyoto Japan C j

International Institute of Inspiration Economy

IIIE 2015 Hamad Town Bahrain D j

International Institute of Noise Control Engineering

IINCE 1974 Cotati CA USA C j

International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Association

IKECA 1989 Philadelphia PA USA N

International Labour Organization

ILO 1919 B g

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 VD Switzerland E j

International Lithosphere Program

ILP 1980 Potsdam Germany F

International Maritime Organization

IMO 1948 London UK B g

International Medical Corps

IMC 1984 Los Angeles CA USA G

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 Children's Health, Environment and Safety

INCHES 1998 Ellecom Netherlands F

International Network on Small Hydro Power

IN-SHP 2000 Hangzhou Zhejiang China E y

International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

INHWTS 2003 Geneva GE Switzerland F

International Occupational Hygiene Association

IOHA 1987 Derby UK D

International Ocean Noise Coalition

IONC 2002 Wädenswil ZH Switzerland F y

International Office for Water

IOW 1991 Paris France E

International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds

IOPC Funds 1978 London UK F fg

International Oil Spill Conference

IOSC 1969 Washington DC USA S c

International Organization for Natural Bathing Waters

2009 Bremen Germany D

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland B

International Orienteering Federation

IOF 1961 Karlstad Sweden C

International Orthodox Christian Charities

IOCC 1992 Baltimore MD USA G

International Paleolimnology Association

IPA 2006 E

International Peatland Society

IPS 1968 Jyväskylä Finland C

International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association

IPIECA 1974 London UK F y

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 Public Relations Network

IPRN 1995 Madrid Madrid Spain F

International Rafting Federation

IRF 1997 Cape Town South Africa C

International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association

IRCSA 1989 D

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva GE Switzerland F y

International Recovery Foundation

IRF Zurich ZH Switzerland F f

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva GE Switzerland F

International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies

LCS-RNet 2009 Hayama Kanagawa Japan F y

International Rubber Study Group

IRSG 1944 Singapore Singapore C g

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