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

Arctic Regional Hydrographic Commission

ARHC 2010 Ottawa ON Canada E g

ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution

2002 T g


2010 Singapore Singapore F

ASEAN Membrane Science and Technology Society

AMSTS 2002 Johor Bahru Johore Malaysia D

ASEAN Power Grid

Nonthaburi Nonthaburi Nonthaburi Thailand E g

ASEAN Specialized Meteorological Centre

ASMC 1993 Singapore Singapore E

Asia Middle East Bottled Water Association

ABWA 1992 Jakarta Indonesia D

Asia Network of Organics Recycling

ANOR 2002 Tokyo Japan F

Asia Pacific Association of Hydrology and Water Resources

APHW 2002 Kyoto Kyoto Japan D

Asia-Pacific Partnership for Clean Development and Climate

APPCDC 2005 F g

Asia-Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition

APSWC 2006 Singapore Singapore D

Asia-Pacific Water Forum

APWF 2006 Tokyo Japan F

Asian Clean Fuels Association

ACFA 2000 Singapore Singapore D

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development

FORUM-ASIA 1991 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand F

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

AIIB 2014 Beijing Beijing China F g

Asian Institute of Technology

AIT 1967 Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand F j

Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Association

AITAA 1969 Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand E j

Asian Network of Analytical Chemistry

ANAC 1984 Saga Saga Japan F

Asian Network on Debris Flow

ANDF Chengdu Sichuan China J

Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Delhi Delhi India G

Asociación Andina de Empresas e Instituciones de Servicio de Agua Potable y Saneamiento

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación de Entes Reguladores de Agua y Saneamiento de las Americas

ADERASA 2001 Asunción Asunción Paraguay D g

Asociación Española para el Derecho Internacional de los Derechos Humanos

AEDIDH 2004 Luarca Asturias Spain G

Asociación Iberoamericana de las Tecnologias del Agua y Riego


Asociación Internacional de Derecho de Aguas

AIDA 1967 Rome RM Italy B

Asociación Latinoamericana de Desalación y Reúso del Agua


Asociación Latinoamericana de Operadores de Agua y Saneamiento

ALOAS 2010 D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo


Asociación Latinoamericana para la Producción Animal

ALPA 1966 Calgary AB Canada D

Asociación Medioambiental Internacional de Gestores del Olor

AMIGO Bilbao Álava Spain D

Asociación Panamericana de Tecnólogos Médicos

APTM 1992 D

Assist International

1990 Scotts Valley CA USA G

Association africaine de microbiologie et d'hygiène alimentaire

AAMHA 1984 Sousse Tunisia D

Association des Echanges Méditerranéens pour l'eau, la forêt, l'énergie, et le développement durable des territoires

AEM 2000 Paris France D

Association européenne de fabricants de compteurs d'eau et d'énergie thermique

AQUA 1960 Paris La Défense France D

Association Européenne des Concessionnaires d'Autoroutes et d'Ouvrages à Péage

ASECAP 1973 Brussels Belgium F

Association for Aid and Relief - Japan

AAR 1979 Tokyo Japan G

Association for Emergency Aid and Solidarity Development Cooperation

1992 Frankfurt-Main Germany G

Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst

AECC 1985 Brussels Belgium D

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva GE Switzerland G

Association of Asian Social Science Research Councils

AASSREC 1973 Canberra ACT Australia D

Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities

ERF-AISBL Brussels Belgium D y

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva GE Switzerland D

Association of Plastics Manufacturers

PlasticsEurope 1976 Brussels Belgium D

Association of Power Utilities in Africa

APUA 1970 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire D y

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 F

Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

ASAIHL 1956 Bangkok Bangkok Thailand D

Association of the Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas

MEDREG 2006 Milan MI Italy E

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association pour les Produits Propres et Parentéraux

A3P 1986 Lyon France G