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

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


2016 Sollentuna Sweden J v

Let's Promote Europe

LPE 2019 Saarbrücken Germany J

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 t


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

Lutheran World Relief

LWR 1945 Baltimore MD USA G


Berlin Germany D

Lux Pacifica - Association of Lighting Societies

Lux Pacifica Tokyo Japan C

Maat for Peace, Development, and Human Rights

2005 Cairo Egypt G

Maghreb-Mashreq Alliance for Water

1993 Casablanca Morocco D

Maison de sagesse

MdS Etampes France G

Maison du Peuple d'Europe

MPEVH 2014 Brussels Belgium G

Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre

MEMAC 1982 Manama Bahrain E g

MED POL - Programme for the Assessment and Control of Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean

MED POL 1975 Athens Greece E g


1988 Ecublens Switzerland G


1992 Paris La Défense France F y


2017 Rolling Meadows IL USA G

Medical Ambassadors International

1980 Salida CA USA G

medico international

1968 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Mediterranean Action Plan

MAP 1975 Athens Greece F g