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


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


1988 Ecublens Switzerland G Humanitarian Organizations


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

Mercy Airlift International

1975 Los Angeles CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development

MUSA 1986 Plymouth MI USA G Humanitarian Organizations

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

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

Mission East

1991 Hellerup Denmark G Humanitarian Organizations

Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives

MBRGI 2015 G Humanitarian Organizations

Mothers Legacy Project

Portland OR USA G Human Rights Organizations

Municipal Waste Europe

MWE 2008 Brussels Belgium D

Muslim Aid

1985 London UK G Humanitarian Organizations

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

New World Hope Organization

NWHO 1996 Wah Cantt Pakistan G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations, Human Rights 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 Drinking Water Conference

S c

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

Norwegian Church Aid

1947 Oslo Norway G Humanitarian Organizations