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

Nordic Council

NC 1952 Copenhagen Denmark D g

Nordic Drinking Water Conference

S c

Nordic Hydrographic Commission

NHC 1929 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

North American Benthological Society

NABS 1953 Lawrence KS USA N

North Indian Ocean Hydrographic Commission

NIOHC Monte Carlo Monaco K g

North Sea Hydrographic Commission

NSHC 1962 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

North Western Waters Advisory Council

NWWAC 2005 Dublin Ireland E y

Northern Dimension Partnership in Public Health and Social Well-being

NDPHS 2003 Stockholm Sweden F gy

Norwegian Church Aid

1947 Oslo Norway G

Observatoire de recherches internationales sur l'eau

ORIE Québec QC Canada N

Ocean Arks International

OAI 1981 Falmouth MA USA G

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

OHCHR 1945 Geneva Switzerland E g

Offshore Pollution Liability Association

OPOL 1974 London UK D


1996 Port Harcourt Nigeria F

One Day's Wages

ODW 2009 Seattle WA USA N

One Drop

2007 Montréal QC Canada G

One Percent for Development Fund

1% for Development Fund 1976 Geneva Switzerland F f

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K

Organisation internationale pour la réduction des catastrophes

OIRC 1991 Kinshasa Congo DR G

Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators

OOCUR 2002 Georgetown Guyana D g

OSGP Alliance

2006 Groningen Netherlands C

Outreach Aid To The Americas

OAA 1994 Miami FL USA N

Outreach International

1979 Independence MO USA G

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Oxfam Australia

1953 Carlton VIC Australia G f

Pacific Community

SPC 1947 Nouméa New Caledonia D g

Pacific Science Association

PSA 1920 Honolulu HI USA C

Pacific Water Association

PWA Apia Samoa G

Pan American Sanitary Bureau

PASB 1902 Washington DC USA E g

Pan American Sanitary Code

1924 T g

Pan American Surfing Association

PASA 1992 Lima Peru D

Pan-European Infrastructure for Ocean and Marine Data Management

SeaDataNet Plouzané France E

Particles in Europe

PiE 2008 S c

Partnership for Acid Drainage Remediation in Europe

PADRE Sydney NS Canada K

Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

PCFV 2002 Nairobi Kenya E y

Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport Foundation

SLoCaT Foundation 2014 F fy

People in Need

PIN 1992 Prague Czech Rep G

PepsiCo Foundation

Purchase NY USA G f

Permanent Joint Technical Commission for Nile Waters

PJTC 1960 Giza Egypt E g

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa

1967 T g

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa South of the Sahara

1954 T g


1894 Brussels Belgium B y

Plan International

1937 Woking UK F

Planet Water

Scottsdale AZ USA J

Plastic Change

Hellerup Denmark G

Plastic Pollution Coalition

2009 Berkeley CA USA J

Plastic Soup Foundation

PSF Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Polish Humanitarian Action

PAH 1992 Warsaw Poland G

Portable Sanitation Association International

PSAI 1971 Bloomington MN USA G

Portable Sanitation Europe

PSE 2000 Sutton Coldfield UK G