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

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs, United Nations Bodies

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva Switzerland E g IGOs, United Nations Bodies

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g IGOs, Humanitarian Organizations, United Nations Bodies

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g IGOs, United Nations Bodies

United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health

UNU-INWEH 1996 Hamilton ON Canada K j United Nations Bodies, Institutes

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g IGOs, United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G Humanitarian Organizations


1977 Sydney Australia G Human Rights Organizations

Universities Council on Water Resources

UCOWR 1962 Carbondale IL USA N

US/Canada Hydrographic Commission

US/CHC 1977 Monaco Monaco K gb IGOs

Utility Communicators International

1921 Sandy Springs GA USA N Professional Bodies

Utility Economic Development Association

UEDA Larchmont NY USA G


2005 Washington DC USA F

VGB PowerTech

VGB 1920 Essen Germany D

Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund

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

VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight

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

WASH Alliance International

WAI 2011 G y International Federations

WASH United

2010 Berlin Germany G


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 UNESCO Bodies, International Federations

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 2003 Hayama Japan F g IGOs

Water Europe

WE 2004 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

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


Water Research Fund of Southern Africa

WARFSA 1999 Harare Zimbabwe F f 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

1990 Kansas City MO USA G