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 Sanitary Convention, 1900

1900 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1912

1912 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1914

1914 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1926

1926 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1944

1944 T g

International Sanitary Regulations, 1951

1951 T g

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

International Smart Grid Action Network

ISGAN 2010 Vienna Austria E g

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 Society of Blood Purification

1982 Rotterdam Netherlands C v

International Society of Environmental Botanists

ISEB 1994 Lucknow Uttar Pradesh 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

International Society of Limnology

1922 Montréal QC Canada B

International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology

ISMH 1921 Porto Portugal C

International Society of Nuclear Air Treatment Technology

ISNATT 1990 Southeastern PA USA N

International Society of Paddy and Water Environment Engineering

PAWEES 2003 Nara Nara Japan D

International Soil Conservation Organization

ISCO 1983 Honolulu HI USA F

International Soil Moisture Network

ISMN Vienna Austria J

International Solid Waste Association

ISWA 1931 Rotterdam Netherlands B

International Stainless Steel Forum

ISSF 1995 Brussels Belgium F y

International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis

Pyro S c

International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation

EREM S c

International Symposium on Environmental Issues and Waste Management in Energy and Minerals Production

SWEMP S c

International Symposium on Noise in Physical Systems

Washington DC USA S c

International Symposium on the Properties of Water

ISOPOW Cork Co. Cork Ireland E c

International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation

ITOPF 1968 London UK B

International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application

S c

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1985 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

International Trade Union "Elektroprofsoyuz"

Electrounion 1991 Moscow Moskva Russia D

International Trade Union Alliance of Public Utilities, Local Industry and Services Workers

Moscow Moskva Russia D

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations

IUAPPA 1964 Burgess Hill UK C y

International Union of Property Owners

1923 C

International Utilities Revenue Protection Association

IURPA 1990 Orlando FL USA N

International Waste Working Group

IWWG 2002 Hamburg Germany E

International Water and Resource Economics Consortium

IWREC Riverside CA USA E v

International Water Association

IWA London UK C

International Water History Association

IWHA 2001 Delft Netherlands D

International Water Management Institute

IWMI 1984 Colombo Sri Lanka E j

International Water Power Consortium

IWPC 1997 J gp

International Water Resources Association

IWRA 1971 Nanterre France B

International Water-Related Associations' Liaison Committee

IWALC 1994 Delhi Delhi India E y

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