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

Sanitary Convention, 1905

1905 T g

Sanitation and Water for All

SWA 2009 New York NY USA F y

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

SSM 1958 Moratuwa Sri Lanka G

Scandinavian Federation of Heating, Ventilating and Sanitary Engineering Associations

SCANVAC 1956 Helsinki Finland F

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA Malmö Sweden D

Scientific Information Centre of Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia

SIC ICWC 1993 Tashkent Uzbekistan E g

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Secours catholique - Caritas France

1946 Paris France G

Secretaria Ejecutiva del Consejo de Electrificación de América Central

SE-CEAC 1985 San Salvador San Salvador El Salvador E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland VD Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention Geneva GE Switzerland E g

Service d'entraide et de liaison

SEL 1980 Bagneux France G

Servicio Latinoamericano, Africano y Asiatico de Vivienda Popular

SELAVIP 1976 Kraainem Belgium F

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G

Sightsavers International

1950 Chippenham UK F

Sistema Iberoamericano de Información sobre el Agua

SIAGUA 2001 F

Smart Water Networks Forum

SWAN Weybridge UK F c

smartEn

Smart Energy Europe 2011 Brussels Belgium D

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Contaminación y Toxicologgia Ambientales

SICTA 2001 J

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Fisica y Quimica Ambiental

SiFyQA 2005 Salamanca Salamanca Spain D

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe

SETAC Europe 1989 Brussels Belgium E

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Soil and Water Management Network

SWMnet Nairobi Kenya K

Solidarités International

1991 Paris France G v

Solidarity Water Europe

SWE 1998 Strasbourg France G

Soroptimist International of Europe

SI/E 1930 Geneva GE Switzerland E

SOS Chrétiens d'Orient

2013 Paris France G f

South Asia Democratic Forum

SADF 2011 Brussels Belgium F

South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation

SAFIR 1999 Delhi Delhi India F

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

SAHRDC 1990 Delhi Delhi India E v

South East Asia Regional Network for Capacity Building in IWRM

AguaJaring Jakarta Indonesia F

South East Asian Water Utilities Network

SEAWUN 2002 Hanoi Hanoi Vietnam F

South East Pacific Hydrographic Commission

SEPHC 1991 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

South West Atlantic Hydrographic Commission

SWAtHC 2006 Niterói RJ Brazil K g

South West Pacific Hydrographic Commission

SWPHC 1993 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

South West Waters Advisory Council

SWWAC 2007 Lorient France E

Southern Africa Regional Irrigation Association

SARIA 2000 Pretoria South Africa G

Southern African and Islands Hydrographic Commission

SAIHC 1996 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists

SASAqS 1963 Potchefstroom South Africa N

Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network

SearNet 2003 F

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F fg

Starlight Foundation

2007 La Laguna Santa Cruz de Tenerife Canaries G f

Sterile Barrier Association

SBA 1992 St Weonards UK D

Stichting Gered Gereedschap

1982 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

POP treaty 2001 T g

Stockholm International Water Institute

SIWI 1997 Stockholm Sweden G j

Supplementary Convention Amending the Convention Concerning the Tenure and Disposal of Real and Personal Property

1936 T g

SurfAid international

SAI 2000 Avalon NSW Australia F

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