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

Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Geneva Switzerland E g Treaties, IGOs

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Soil and Water Management Network

SWMnet Nairobi Kenya K

Solidarity Water Europe

SWE 1998 Strasbourg France G

Soroptimist International of Europe

SI/E 1930 Geneva Switzerland E Professional Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation

SAFIR 1999 Delhi India F

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

SAHRDC 1990 Delhi India E v Human Rights Organizations

South East Asia Regional Network for Capacity Building in IWRM

AguaJaring Jakarta Indonesia F

South East Asian Water Utilities Network

SEAWUN 2002 Hanoi Vietnam F

South East Pacific Hydrographic Commission

SEPHC 1991 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

South West Atlantic Hydrographic Commission

SWAtHC 2006 Niterói Brazil K g IGOs

South West Pacific Hydrographic Commission

SWPHC 1993 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

South West Waters Advisory Council

SWWAC 2007 Lorient France E

Southern Africa Regional Irrigation Association

SARIA Pretoria South Africa G

Southern African and Islands Hydrographic Commission

SAIHC 1996 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists

SASAqS 1963 Potchefstroom South Africa N

Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network

SearNet 2003 F

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F gf Humanitarian Organizations, Funds, IGOs

Starlight Foundation

2007 La Laguna Spain G f Foundations

Sterile Barrier Association

SBA 1992 St Weonards UK D

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

POP treaty 2001 T g Treaties, IGOs

Stockholm International Water Institute

SIWI 1997 Stockholm Sweden G j Institutes

Supplementary Convention Amending the Convention Concerning the Tenure and Disposal of Real and Personal Property

1936 T g Treaties, IGOs

SurfAid international

SAI 2000 Avalon Australia F Humanitarian Organizations

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

SuSanA 2007 Eschborn Germany F y International Federations

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action

Geneva Switzerland G f Foundations

Temporary Agreement for the Regulation of the Fisheries in Waters Contiguous to the Northern Coasts of the Territory of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

1930 T g Treaties, IGOs

The Butterfly Effect

2010 Montréal QC Canada F y International Federations

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Delft Netherlands G

The Vetiver Network International

TVNI 1989 San Antonio TX USA F

Third World Center for Water Management

1999 Mexico City Mexico G

Toilet Board Coalition

TBC 2014 Geneva Switzerland C

Trans-ASEAN Energy Network

Jakarta Indonesia J gp IGOs

Transition Network

2006 Totnes UK G

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water

1963 T g Treaties, IGOs

Trust Fund for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution

1979 Athens Greece K gf Funds, Foundations, IGOs

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 Pristina Kosovo E g United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, Human Rights Organizations, NATO Bod

UN-Water

2003 New York NY USA E gy International Federations, IGOs

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies, International Federations

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi India E g UNESCO Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

Dundee UK G UNESCO Bodies

Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

1999 Brussels Belgium D

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy United Nations Bodies, Intergovernmental Communities, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations, 160000

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S gc United Nations Bodies, Conference Series, UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UNCTAD 1964 Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, IGOs

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g UNESCO Bodies, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

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