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

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G

Renew the Earth


Resolution Relative to Sanitary Police, 1902

1902 T g

Resolution Relative to Sanitary Police, 1906

1906 T g

Resolution Respecting Sanitary Police

1910 T g

Resolutions of the Sanitary Convention

1902 T g


1977 Washington DC USA G

RET International

2000 Geneva Switzerland F

Right Livelihood Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Rights and Humanity

1986 F

River Cleanup

2019 Horebeke Belgium G

ROPME Sea Area Hydrographic Commission

RSAHC 2000 Muscat Oman E g

Rotary International

RI 1905 Evanston IL USA F

Round Table on Responsible Soy Association

RTRS 2006 Zurich Switzerland C

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 G 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

SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel in Science

SEAMEO QITEP in Science 2009 Bandung Indonesia E gv

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

Sewa International

1993 New Delhi India G

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G

Sightsavers International

1950 Chippenham UK F

Sistema Iberoamericano de Información sobre el Agua


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 for Freshwater Science

SFS 1953 Logan UT USA G

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