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

Association of European-level Research Infrastructure Facilities

ERF-AISBL Brussels Belgium D y

Association of Mediterranean Energy Regulators

MEDREG 2006 Milan Italy E

Association of Plastics Manufacturers

PlasticsEurope 1976 Brussels Belgium D

Association of Power Utilities in Africa

APUA 1970 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire D y

Association of River Water Companies

RIWA 1950 F

Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning

ASAIHL 1956 Bangkok Thailand D

Association of Working Communities of the Alpine Regions

AWCAR 1989 Innsbruck E

Association of World Citizens

AWC 1975 Novato CA USA F

Association pour les Produits Propres et Parentéraux

A3P 1986 Lyon France G

Association Régionale pour l'Irrigation et le Drainage en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre

ARID 1996 Niamey Niger D

Association scientifique européenne pour l'eau et la santé

ASEES 1969 Paris France D

Associazione Sanitaria Internazionale

1954 Rome Italy G

Atlas Service Corps

2006 Washington DC USA G

Australasian - Iron and Steel - Slag Association

ASA 1990 Wollongong NSW Australia N

Australasian Hydrographic Society

AHS 2001 Belrose NSW Australia G

Australasian Society of Phycology and Aquatic Botany

ASPAB 1980 Wellington New Zealand G

Australian Council for International Development

ACFID 1965 Deakin ACT Australia G y

Autre Terre

1982 Herstal Belgium F

Avenir pour l'Enfant des Rizières

AER 1979 Paris France G

Baitulmaal

2004 Irving TX USA G

Balkan Environmental Association

BENA 1998 Thessaloniki Greece D

Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission

HELCOM 1974 Helsinki Finland E gy

Baltic Sea Hydrographic Commission

BSHC 1983 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Baptist World Aid Australia

1959 North Ryde NSW Australia G

Basel Action Network

BAN 1997 Seattle WA USA F

Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

UNCRTD 1989 Geneva Switzerland T g

Basel Protocol on Liability and Compensation for Damage Resulting from Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal

1999 T g

Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation

BRPF 1963 Nottingham UK F f

Big Life Foundation

Big Life 2010 Ridgefield WA F f

Biodiversity Indicators Partnership

BIP 2004 Cambridge UK E y

Blue Planet Foundation

Honolulu HI USA G f

Blue Planet Network

2002 Oakland CA USA G

Bonsucro

2008 London UK C

Books2Africa

2012 Canterbury UK G

Bridging the Gap Foundation

BTG Chico CA USA G f

Build Africa

1978 Tunbridge Wells UK G

buildingSMART International

bSI 1994 Kings Langley F

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels C

Business Alliance for Water and Climate

BAFWAC J

C40

2005 London UK F

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

CLWR 1946 Winnipeg MB Canada G

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief

CPAR 1984 Toronto ON Canada G

Cap Anamur - Deutsche Not-Ärzte

Cap Anamur 1979 Cologne Germany G

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

CSLF 2003 Washington DC USA F g

Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Europe

CCCE 2019 Brussels Belgium E t

Caribbean Desalination Association

CaribDA Stuart FL USA D

Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation

CARILEC 1988 Castries St Lucia F

Caribbean Environment Programme

CEP Kingston Jamaica E g

Caribbean Information System for the Agricultural Sciences

CAGRIS St Augustine Trinidad-Tobago F g

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

CIMH 1967 Bridgetown Barbados E gj

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