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

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

SuSanA 2007 Eschborn Germany F y

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action

Geneva GE Switzerland G f

Temporary Agreement for the Regulation of the Fisheries in Waters Contiguous to the Northern Coasts of the Territory of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

1930 T g

TerraGraphics International Foundation

TIFO 2012 Moscow ID USA G f

The Butterfly Effect

2010 Montréal QC Canada F y

The Ocean Cleanup

2013 Delft Netherlands G

The SeaCleaners

2016 La Trinité-sur-Mer France G

The Vetiver Network International

TVNI 1989 San Antonio TX USA F

The World Bank Group

Washington DC USA F g

Third World Center for Water Management

1999 Mexico City CDMX Mexico G

Timor Aid

1998 Dili Timor-Leste G

Toilet Board Coalition

TBC 2014 Geneva GE Switzerland C

Tostan International

1991 Dakar Senegal F

Trans-ASEAN Energy Network

Jakarta Indonesia J gp

Transition Network

2006 Totnes UK G

TransWorld Development Initiatives

TWDI Brentwood MD USA G

Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water

1963 T g

Triangle génération humanitaire

TGH 1994 Lyon France G

Trocaire - Catholic Agency for World Development

1973 Kildare Co. Kildare Ireland G v

Trust Fund for the Protection of the Mediterranean Sea Against Pollution

1979 Athens Greece K fg

UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo

UNMIK 1999 E g

UN-Water

2003 New York NY USA E gy

UNANIMA International

2002 New York NY USA F y

UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Communication and Information

1948 Delhi Delhi India E g

UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science

Dundee UK G

Union Européenne Contre les Nuisances des Avions

UECNA 1968 Milly-sur-Thérain France D

Union européenne des vétérinaires hygiénistes

UEVH 1966 Brussels Belgium D

Union Latinoamericana de Mujeres

Red ULAM 2008 D

Union of the Electricity Industry - Eurelectric

1999 Brussels Belgium D

Unione Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo e La Pace

UVISP-Assisi 1987 Bastia Umbra PG Italy G

United Nations

UN 1945 New York NY USA A gy

United Nations Children's Fund

UNICEF 1946 New York NY USA F fg

United Nations Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries

UN-REDD Programme 2008 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Conference on Environment and Development

UNCED S cg

United Nations Development Programme

UNDP 1965 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic and Social Council

ECOSOC 1945 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNECE 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO 1945 Paris France B g

United Nations Environment Programme

UN Environment 1972 Nairobi Kenya E g

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR 1951 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Mine Action Service

UNMAS 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service

NGLS 1975 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Office at Geneva

UNOG Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

UNDRR 1999 Geneva GE Switzerland E g

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

OCHA 1992 New York NY USA E g

United Nations Sustainable Development Group

UNSDG 1997 New York NY USA E g

United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health

UNU-INWEH 1996 Hamilton ON Canada K j

United Nations Volunteers

UNV 1971 Bonn Germany F g

United Purpose

UP 1976 Cardiff UK G

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