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

VGB PowerTech

VGB 1920 Essen Germany D

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

VGIF 1969 New York NY USA F f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight

1999 London UK F y WHO Bodies, International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

WASH Alliance International

WAI 2011 G y International Federations

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G

WASTE

1983 The Hague Netherlands G

Waste Free Oceans

WFO Brussels Belgium F

Waste Free Waters

2011 Klimmen Netherlands G

Water 1st International

2005 Seattle WA USA G

Water and Development Information for Arid Lands Global Network

G-WADI 2004 Paris France F y International Federations, UNESCO Bodies

Water and Sanitation for Africa

WSA 1988 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso E

Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor

WSUP 2004 London UK G y International Federations

Water and Sanitation Programme

WSP Washington DC USA E g IGOs

Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean

1992 Panama Panama E g IGOs

Water Engineers for the Americas

WEFTA 2002 Santa Fe NM USA G

Water Environment Federation

WEF 1928 Alexandria VA USA G

Water Environment Partnership in Asia

WEPA 2004 Hayama Japan J g IGOs

Water Footprint Network

WFN Enschede Netherlands E y International Federations

Water for All Children - Africa

Cotonou Benin N

Water for People

WFP 1991 Denver CO USA G

Water Governance Facility

WGF 2005 Stockholm Sweden G

Water Inception

2017 Nyon Switzerland N

Water Institute of Southern Africa

WISA Midrand South Africa N jv Institutes

Water Integrity Network

WIN 2006 Berlin Germany F y International Federations

Water Mission International

Water Mission 2001 North Charleston SC USA G

Water Missions International

WMI 2001 Charleston SC USA G

Water Monitoring Alliance

WMA 2005 Marseille France F

Water Quality Association

WQA Lisle IL USA G

Water Research Fund of Southern Africa

WARFSA 1999 Harare Zimbabwe F f Funds, Funds

Water Reuse Europe

WRE 2016 Cranfield UK D

Water Science and Technology Association

WSTA Manama Bahrain D v

Water Solidarity Network

1984 Paris France F

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

WSSCC Geneva Switzerland D v WHO Bodies

Water Witness International

Edinburgh UK G

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G

Water.org

1990 Kansas City MO USA G

WaterAid

1981 London UK F Humanitarian Organizations

Waterbird Society

1976 La Crosse WI USA G v

WaterCan

Ottawa ON Canada G

Waterforeveryone

2017 Denges Switzerland J

Waterkeeper Alliance

1999 New York NY USA G

Waterlines

1988 Santa Fe NM USA G

Waterlution

2003 Oakville ON Canada N

WaterNet

2000 Harare Zimbabwe F y International Federations

Waterpreneurs

Geneva Switzerland F

Waves for Water

W4W 2009 Los Angeles CA USA G

WEEELABEX Organisation

2013 Prague Czech Rep E

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

Wherever the Need

WTN 1997 Bath UK G

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