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

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

AIIB 2014 Beijing China F g Banks, IGOs

Asian Network for Analytical and Inorganic Chemistry

ANAIC 1984 Saga City Japan F UNESCO Bodies

Asian Network on Debris Flow

ANDF Chengdu China J

Asian-Eurasian Human Rights Forum

Delhi India G Human Rights Organizations

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

ANDESAPA 1986 Quito Ecuador D

Asociación Latinoamericana de Operadores de Agua y Saneamiento

ALOAS 2010 D

Assist International

1990 Scotts Valley CA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

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

AEM 2000 Paris France D

Association for Aid and Relief - Japan

AAR 1979 Tokyo Japan G Humanitarian Organizations

Association for Clean and Sterile Products

1986 Lyon France J

Association for Emergency Aid and Solidarity Development Cooperation

1992 Frankfurt-Main Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Association for Emissions Control by Catalyst

AECC 1985 Brussels Belgium D

Association for International Water Studies

1988 Oslo Norway G

Association François-Xavier Bagnoud

FXB International 1989 Geneva Switzerland G Humanitarian Organizations

Association ibéro-américaine des technologies de l'eau et de l'irrigation

2008 D

Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management

ACR+ 1994 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities

ERF-AISBL Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

Association of Hydro-Meteorological Equipment Industry

HMEI 2001 Geneva Switzerland D

Association of Power Utilities in Africa

APUA 1970 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire D y International Federations

Association of Regulators of Water and Sanitation of the Americas

2001 Asunción Paraguay D g IGOs

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 Nieuwegein Netherlands F

Association of the Mediterranean Regulators for Electricity and Gas

MEDREG 2006 Milan Italy E IGOs

Association Régionale pour l'Irrigation et le Drainage en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre

ARID 1996 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso J

Association scientifique européenne pour l'eau et la santé

ASEES 1969 Paris France D

Associazione Sanitaria Internazionale

1954 Rome Italy G

Australasian - Iron and Steel - Slag Association

ASA 1990 Wollongong Australia N

Australasian Hydrographic Society

AHS 2001 Belrose Australia G

Australasian Society of Phycology and Aquatic Botany

ASPAB 1980 Wellington New Zealand G

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin Australia G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Avenir pour l'Enfant des Rizières

AER 1979 Paris France G Humanitarian Organizations

Baitulmaal AHED

2004 Irving TX USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy International Federations, IGOs

Baltic Sea Hydrographic Commission

BSHC 1983 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Baptist World Aid Australia

1959 North Ryde Australia G Humanitarian Organizations

Basel Action Network

BAN 1997 Seattle WA USA F

Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

1999 T g Treaties, IGOs

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f Human Rights Organizations, Foundations

Blue Planet Foundation

Honolulu HI USA G f Foundations

Blue Planet Network

2002 Oakland CA USA G

Books2Africa

2012 Canterbury UK G

Bridging the Gap Foundation

BTG Chico CA USA G f Foundations

Build Africa

1978 Tunbridge Wells UK G Humanitarian Organizations

BuildingSMART International

1994 Kettering UK F

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C

C40

2005 London UK F

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

CLWR 1946 Winnipeg MB Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief

CPAR 1984 Toronto ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Cap Anamur - German Emergency Doctor

1979 Cologne Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

CSLF 2003 Washington DC USA F g IGOs

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