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

Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wasserwerke im Rheineinzugsgebiet

IAWR 1970 Düsseldorf Germany D

Internationale Gesellschaft für Elektrosmog-Forschung

IGEF 1990 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain N

Internationale Kommission zum Schutz der Elbe

IKSE 1990 Magdeburg Germany E gy

Internationale Kommission zum Schutz der Oder gegen Verunreinigung

IKSOgV 1996 Wroclaw Poland E g

Internationaler Hilfsfonds

IH Brussels Belgium G f

Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management

ISARM 2000 Delft Netherlands E


1992 Rome Italy G


1968 The Hague Netherlands E

Irrigation Association

IA Falls Church VA USA G

ISEA Foundation

New York NY USA G f

Islamic Aid

London UK N

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F

Islands and Small States Institute, Malta

ISSI 1989 Msida Malta E j


1923 Rosemont IL USA G


1968 London UK B

IWA Asia Pacific Region Grouping


Japan International Volunteer Centre

JVC 1980 Tokyo Japan G

Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

JCEP Brussels Belgium F

JesuitenWeltweit Deutschland

Nuremberg Germany G

Johanniter International

JOIN 2000 Brussels Belgium E

Join For Water

1977 Ghent Belgium G

Joint Committee of IAHR and IAW on Urban Drainage

JCUD 1982 Burlington ON Canada E v

Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

1997 T g

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g


2013 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

KIMO International

1990 Lerwick UK D

Kitayushu International Techno-cooperative Association

KITA 1980 Kitakyushu Japan G

KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group

GARG 1999 Stockholm Sweden N

Kuwait Regional Convention for Cooperation on the Protection on the Marine Environment from Pollution

1978 Safat Kuwait T g

Lake Chad Basin Commission

LCBC 1964 Ndjamena Chad E g

LandsAid - Verein für Internationale Humanitäre Hilfe

LandsAid 2014 Kaufering Germany G


Berlin Germany E

Latin American Association for Groundwater Hydrology Development

Montevideo Uruguay D

Latin American Bottled Water Association

LABWA Guatemala Guatemala D

Latin American Quality Institute

LAQI 2001 Panama Panama D j

Latin American Solidarity Group of Norway

1977 Oslo Norway N

Latin American Water Education and Training Network

LA-WETNET 2002 Buenos Aires Argentina F

LEDS Global Partnership

LEDS GP 2011 F y

Lien AID

2006 Singapore Singapore N

Life for Relief and Development

1992 Southfield MI USA G

Lifewater International

1978 Bentonville AR USA G

Lighting Urban Community International

LUCI 2002 Lyon France F


2012 Brussels Belgium D


2004 Colombo Sri Lanka D

Live Working Association

LWA Poznań Poland D

Living Water International

1991 Stafford TX USA G

Living Waters for the World

Spring Hill TN USA G

Long-term Infrastructure Investors Association

LTIIA 2014 Paris France C

Low Carbon Asia Research Network

LoCARNet 2012 Hayama Japan F

Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative

LCTPi Geneva Switzerland E