Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean Water & Sanitation

Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is the most basic human need for health and well-being. Billions of people will lack access to these basic services in 2030 unless progress quadruples. Demand for water is rising owing to rapid population growth, urbanization and increasing water needs from agriculture, industry, and energy sectors.

The demand for water has outpaced population growth, and half the world’s population is already experiencing severe water scarcity at least one month a year. Water scarcity is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change.

Investments in infrastructure and sanitation facilities; protection and restoration of water- related ecosystems; and hygiene education are among the steps necessary to ensure universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, and improving water-use efficiency is one key to reducing water stress.

There has been positive progress. Between 2015 and 2022, the proportion of the world’s population with access to safely managed drinking water increased from 69 per cent to 73 per cent.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

Rehydration Project

Kowloon Hong Kong G

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G

Renew the Earth


Research Data Alliance

RDA 2013 Didcot UK C


2019 Kampala Uganda F

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

Rewilding Europe

2011 F

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment

EEIE Milan Italy G j

Right Livelihood Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Rights and Humanity

1986 F

River Cleanup

2019 Antwerp 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 the Interstate Commission for Water Coordination 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

Self Help Africa

SHA 2008 Dublin Ireland F

Service Civil International

SCI 1920 Antwerp Belgium B

Service d'entraide et de liaison

SEL 1980 Bagneux France G

Services for the Health in Asian and African Regions

SHARE 1983 Tokyo Japan 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