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 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 Basin Organizations

INBO 1994 Paris France F g

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 China E y

International Network to Promote Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

INHWTS 2003 Geneva Switzerland F

International Occupational Hygiene Association

IOHA 1987 Derby UK D

International Ocean Noise Coalition

IONC 2002 Wädenswil 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 Organisation of Vine and Wine

OIV 1924 Paris France C gy

International Organization for Educational Development

IOED 2014 Delhi India G v

International Organization for Natural Bathing Waters

2009 Bremen Germany D

International Organization for Standardization

ISO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B

International Organization for Water Operators Partnerships

WOPS International Barcelona Spain J

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 yt

International Plant Based Foods Working Group


International Pollutants Elimination Network

IPEN 1998 Gothenburg Sweden F

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 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 Switzerland F y

International Recovery Foundation

IRF Zurich Switzerland F f

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F

International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO

IRCAI 2020 Ljubljana Slovenia J g

International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies

LCS-RNet 2009 Hayama Japan F y

International Rubber Study Group

IRSG 1944 Singapore Singapore C g

International Salvage Union

ISU 1926 London UK D y

International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation, 1933

1933 T g

International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation, 1944

1944 T g

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