Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean Water & Sanitation

Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is the most basic human need for health and well-being. Billions of people will lack access to these basic services in 2030 unless progress quadruples. Demand for water is rising owing to rapid population growth, urbanization and increasing water needs from agriculture, industry, and energy sectors.

The demand for water has outpaced population growth, and half the world’s population is already experiencing severe water scarcity at least one month a year. Water scarcity is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change.

Investments in infrastructure and sanitation facilities; protection and restoration of water- related ecosystems; and hygiene education are among the steps necessary to ensure universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, and improving water-use efficiency is one key to reducing water stress.

There has been positive progress. Between 2015 and 2022, the proportion of the world’s population with access to safely managed drinking water increased from 69 per cent to 73 per cent.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

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 Science Council

ISC 2018 Paris France A y

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 Digital Earth

ISDE 2004 Beijing China D

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 Alexandria VA USA C y

International Society for Water Solutions


International Society of Blood Purification

1982 Rotterdam Netherlands C v

International Society of Doctors for the Environment

ISDE 1990 Basel Switzerland C v

International Society of Environmental Botanists

ISEB 1994 Lucknow India G v

International Society of Exposure Science

ISES 1989 Kansas City KS 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 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 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 Sport Network Organization

ISNO 2018 C y

International Sport Organization

ISO 2018 Grono Switzerland J v

International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis

Pyro S c

International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation


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


International Symposium on the Properties of Water

ISOPOW Cork Ireland E c

International Technical Meeting on Air Pollution Modelling and its Application

S c

International Telecommunication Union

ITU 1985 Geneva Switzerland B g