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

Rotary International

RI 1905 Evanston IL USA F

Rural Water Supply Network

RWSN St Gallen Switzerland F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai India G f

Safe Water International

SWI Carpinteria CA USA G

SALEM International

1957 Stadtsteinach Germany G

Samdong International

SDI 2008 Iksan City Korea Rep G

Saneamiento Ecológico en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

ECOSANLAC Quito Ecuador G

Sanitary Convention, 1852

1852 T g

Sanitary Convention, 1903

1903 T g

Sanitary Convention, 1904

1904 T g

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 2001 Malmö Sweden D

SCI Foundation

2002 London UK J f

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 El Salvador E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention Geneva 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

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Contaminación y Toxicologgia Ambientales

SICTA 2001 J

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Fisica y Quimica Ambiental

SiFyQA 2005 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

Solar Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F

Solidarités International

1991 Paris France G v

Solidarity Water Europe

SWE 1998 Strasbourg France G

Soroptimist International of Europe

SI/E 1930 Geneva 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 India F

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

SAHRDC 1990 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 Vietnam F

South East Pacific Hydrographic Commission

SEPHC 1991 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

South West Atlantic Hydrographic Commission

SWAtHC 2006 Niterói 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 Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

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