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

Mothers Legacy Project

Portland OR USA G

Mountain Research Initiative

MRI 2001 Bern Switzerland F

Movendi International

1851 Stockholm Sweden C

Mundus maris

2010 Brussels Belgium F

Municipal Waste Europe

MWE 2008 Brussels Belgium D

Muslim Aid

1985 London UK G

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Foundation

NRECA International Foundation 1960 Arlington VA USA N

Natural Mineral Waters Europe

NMWE Brussels Belgium D t


Baarn Netherlands F

Network for Business Sustainability

NBS 2005 London ON Canada F

Network for Capacity Building in Integrated Water Resources Management

CAP-Net Pretoria South Africa E y

Network for Industrially Contaminated Land in Europe

NICOLE 1995 Rotterdam Netherlands F

Network for Water and Sanitation International

NETWAS International 1986 Nairobi Kenya F

Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe

NALAS 2001 Skopje North Macedonia E y

Network of Reference Laboratories for Monitoring of Emerging Environmental Pollutants

NORMAN Network 2005 Verneuil-en-Halatte France F y

Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the European Union

INSULEUR 1999 Chios Greece F t

New Development Bank

NDB 2014 Shanghai China E g

New Life International

1998 Underwood IN USA G

New World Hope Organization

NWHO 1996 Wah Cantt Pakistan G y

NGO Shipbreaking Platform

2005 Brussels Belgium E y

NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Paris France E y

Nickel Institute

1984 Brussels Belgium F j

Nile Basin Capacity Building Network for River Engineering

NBCBN-RE 2002 Cairo Egypt F

Nile Capacity Building Network in Integrated Water Resources Management

Nile-IWRM Net 2005 Khartoum Sudan E


2005 Brussels Belgium F

Nordic Association for Hydrology

1970 D

Nordic Association of Cleanroom Technology

1970 Åstorp Sweden D

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 Atlantic Treaty Organization

NATO 1949 Brussels Belgium C g

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

Objectif Tiers-monde

OTM 1975 Luxembourg Luxembourg G

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 Benin City 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 Mondiale des Experts

OMEX Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire J

Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators

OOCUR 2002 Georgetown Guyana D g

Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Gambie

OMVG 1978 Dakar Senegal D g

Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm Sweden G