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

Middle East Lighting Association

MELA 2012 Valletta Malta D

Millennium Water Alliance

MWA 2003 Washington DC USA G y International Federations

Mission d'aide au développement des économies rurales afghanes

MADERA 1988 Paris France E Humanitarian Organizations

Municipal Waste Europe

MWE 2008 Brussels Belgium D

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Foundation

NRECA International Foundation 1960 Arlington VA USA N


Baarn Netherlands F

Network for Capacity Building in Integrated Water Resources Management

CAP-Net Pretoria South Africa E y International Federations

Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe

NICOLE 1995 Rotterdam Netherlands F

Network for Water and Sanitation International

NETWAS International 1986 Nairobi Kenya F

Network of Reference Laboratories for Monitoring of Emerging Environmental Pollutants

NORMAN Network Verneuil-en-Halatte France F y International Federations

New Life International

1998 Underwood IN USA G Humanitarian Organizations

NGO Shipbreaking Platform

2005 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

Nile Basin Capacity Building Network for River Engineering

NBCBN-RE 2002 Cairo Egypt F

Nile Capacity Building Network in Integrated Water Resources Management

Nile-IWRM Net 2005 Khartoum Sudan E


2005 Oslo Norway F

Nordic Association for Hydrology

1970 D

Nordic Association of Cleanroom Technology

1970 Åstorp Sweden D

Nordic Hydrographic Commission

NHC 1929 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

North American Benthological Society

NABS 1953 Lawrence KS USA N

North Indian Ocean Hydrographic Commission

NIOHC Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

North Sea Hydrographic Commission

NSHC 1962 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

North Western Waters Advisory Council

NWWAC 2005 Dublin Ireland E y International Federations

Observatoire de recherches internationales sur l'eau

ORIE Québec QC Canada N

Ocean Arks International

OAI 1981 Falmouth MA USA G

Offshore Pollution Liability Association

OPOL 1974 London UK D


1996 Port Harcourt Nigeria F

One Drop

2007 Montréal QC Canada G

Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators

OOCUR 2002 Georgetown Guyana D g IGOs

OSGP Alliance

2006 Groningen Netherlands C

Pacific Water Association

PWA Apia Samoa G

Pan American Sanitary Bureau

PASB 1902 Washington DC USA E g WHO Bodies, IGOs

Pan American Sanitary Code

1924 T g Treaties, IGOs

Pan-European Infrastructure for Ocean and Marine Data Management

SeaDataNet Plouzané France E

Partnership for Acid Drainage Remediation in Europe

PADRE Sydney NS Canada K

Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

PCFV 2002 Nairobi Kenya E y International Federations

Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport Foundation

SLoCaT Foundation 2014 F fy International Federations, Foundations

PepsiCo Foundation

N f Foundations

Permanent Joint Technical Commission for Nile Waters

PJTC 1960 Giza Egypt E g IGOs

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa

1967 T g Treaties, IGOs

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa South of the Sahara

1954 T g Treaties, IGOs


1894 Brussels Belgium B y International Federations

Planet Water

Scottsdale AZ USA F

Planetary Association for Clean Energy

PACE 1975 Ottawa ON Canada F

Plastic Change

Hellerup Denmark G

Plastic Pollution Coalition

2009 Berkeley CA USA J

Plastic Soup Foundation

PSF 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands G f Foundations

Portable Sanitation Association International

PSAI 1971 Bloomington MN USA G

Portable Sanitation Europe

PSE 2000 Sutton Coldfield UK G

Powering Past Coal Alliance

2017 London UK C g IGOs

PRACTICA Foundation

2001 Papendrecht Netherlands G f Foundations