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 Type III


2012 Canterbury UK G

Bridging the Gap Foundation

BTG Chico CA USA G f Foundations

Build Africa

1978 Tunbridge Wells UK G Humanitarian Organizations

BuildingSMART International

1994 Kettering UK F

Bureau of International Recycling

BIR 1948 Brussels Belgium C

Business Alliance for Water and Climate



2005 London UK F

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

CLWR 1946 Winnipeg MB Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief

CPAR 1984 Toronto ON Canada G Humanitarian Organizations

Cap Anamur - German Emergency Doctor

1979 Cologne Germany G Humanitarian Organizations

Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum

CSLF 2003 Washington DC USA F g IGOs

Caribbean Desalination Association

CaribDA 2008 Stuart FL USA D

Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation

CARILEC 1988 Castries St Lucia F

Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology

CIMH 1967 Bridgetown Barbados E gj Institutes, IGOs

Caribbean Meteorological Organization

CMO 1973 Port-of-Spain Trinidad-Tobago D g IGOs

Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association

CAWASA 1996 Gros-Islet St Lucia D

Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association

CWWA 1988 St Joseph Trinidad-Tobago D v

Caribbean WaterNet

St Augustine Trinidad-Tobago F

Caritas Australia

1964 Sydney Australia G Humanitarian Organizations

Catholic Relief Services

CRS 1943 Baltimore MD USA F Humanitarian Organizations


2000 London UK F

Center for Clean Air Policy

CCAP 1985 Washington DC USA G

Center for Communications, Health and the Environment

CECHE 1990 Washington DC USA G

Center for Human Rights and Environment

1999 Palm Beach Gardens FL USA G Human Rights Organizations

Central American Engineering Institutions Network

REDICA 1998 San José Costa Rica F

Central American Water Resource Management Network

CARA 1999 Calgary AB Canada E

Central Asia Research Institute for Irrigation

SANIIRI Tashkent Uzbekistan G j Institutes

Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium

CERIC Trieste Italy E

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

CAWST Calgary AB Canada G

Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

CHRDA Buea Cameroon J Human Rights Organizations

Centre Muraz

1939 Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso E g IGOs

Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution

1978 Brest France G

Centres régionaux d'enseignement spécialisé en agriculture

CRESA Dschang Cameroon E

Centro del Agua para América Latina y el Caribe

2008 Monterrey Mexico J

Charity: Water

New York NY USA G

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

CIWEM 1895 London UK G jv Institutes

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

ChildHope UK

1989 London UK G Human Rights Organizations

ChildRights International Research Institute

1992 New York NY USA G j Institutes, Human Rights Organizations

China Europe Water Platform

CEWP 2012 F

Christian Aid Mission

1953 Charlottesville VA USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Christian Relief Fund

CRF 1974 Amarillo TX USA G f Funds, Humanitarian Organizations

Church World Service

CWS 1946 Elkhart IN USA G Humanitarian Organizations

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y International Federations

Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities

Clean Air Asia 2001 Pasig City Philippines E y International Federations

Clean Air Initiative for Cities Around the World

CAI 1998 Washington DC USA F

Clean Air Institute

CAI 2006 Washington DC USA E j Institutes

Clean Clothes Campaign

CCC 1990 Amsterdam Netherlands F Human Rights Organizations

Clean Energy Ministerial

CEM 2009 Paris France F gc Conference Series, IGOs

Clean Shipping Coalition

CSC Brussels Belgium C y International Federations