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

Water Reuse Europe

WRE Cranfield UK D

Water Science and Technology Association

WSTA Manama Bahrain D v

Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council

WSSCC Geneva GE Switzerland D v

Water Witness International

Edinburgh UK G

Water, Engineering and Development Centre

WEDC 1972 Loughborough UK G

1990 Kansas City MO USA G


1981 London UK F

Waterbird Society

1976 La Crosse WI USA G v


Ottawa ON Canada G


2017 Preverenges VD Switzerland G

Waterkeeper Alliance

1999 New York NY USA G


2010 Geneva GE Switzerland E


1988 Santa Fe NM USA G


2003 Oakville ON Canada N


2000 Harare Harare Zimbabwe F y


Geneva GE Switzerland F

Waves for Water

W4W 2009 Los Angeles CA USA G

WEEELABEX Organisation

2013 Prague Czech Rep E


2008 Overijse Belgium F

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

Wherever the Need

WTN 1997 Bath UK G

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Cairo Egypt E g

WMO Hydrology and Water Resources Programme

HWRP Geneva GE Switzerland F g

WMO Resource Mobilization Office

RMO Geneva GE Switzerland K g

Women First International Fund

1969 New York NY USA F f

Women for Water Partnership

WfWfP 2004 The Hague Netherlands F

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals

WINUP 1923 Grove City OH USA N

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva GE Switzerland F f

World Alliance for Clean Technologies

Lausanne VD Switzerland J

World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities

WALCC Beijing Beijing China J

World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association

WAVMA 2007 Bartlett IL USA D

World Association of Soil and Water Conservation

WASWAC 1983 Beijing Beijing China B

World Association of Veterinary Food Hygienists

WAVFH 1955 Berlin Germany C

World Benchmarking Alliance

WBA Amsterdam Netherlands C y

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva GE Switzerland C

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Council for Renewable Energy

WCRE 2001 Dessau Germany C

World Council of Civil Engineers

WCCE 2005 Madrid Madrid Spain C y

World Council of Power Utilities

WCPU 1995 Delhi Delhi India D

World Council on City Data

WCCD Toronto ON Canada J

World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G

World EOD Foundation

Watford UK F f

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Geospatial Industry Council

GWIC 2018 Amersfoort Netherlands C

World Green Infrastructure Network

WGIN 2008 Toronto ON Canada F

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Hydrological Cycle Observing System

WHYCOS 1993 Geneva GE Switzerland F g