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

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 Switzerland B g

World Hydrological Cycle Observing System

WHYCOS 1993 Geneva GE Switzerland F g

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva Switzerland B g

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur Malaysia B

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT 1992 Bern BE Switzerland K

World Vision International

WVI 1950 Uxbridge UK B

World Water Assessment Programme

WWAP Paris France E g

World Water Council

WWC 1996 Marseille France C y

World Water Institute

AAI Pune Maharashtra India G j

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 Gland VD Switzerland F f

World Wind Energy Association

WWEA 2001 Bonn Germany C y

World Youth Parliament for Water

WYPW 1998 Montréal QC Canada E

WorldLoop

2011 Brussels Belgium G

WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

SPS agreement 1993 T g

Zero Emissions Research Initiatives

ZERI 1994 Kamakura Kanagawa Japan E f

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA 2003 J

Zero Waste MENA

ZW MENA 2013 Cambridge UK J

ZOA

1973 Apeldoorn Netherlands G

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