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

Central European Research Infrastructure Consortium

CERIC Trieste TS Italy E

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology

CAWST 2001 Calgary AB Canada G

Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa

CHRDA Buea Cameroon J

Centre international de lutte contre la pollution de l'Atlantique du Nord-Est

CILPAN 1990 Lisbon Portugal E g

Centre Muraz

1939 Bobo Dioulasso Burkina Faso E g

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 NL Mexico J

Centro Interfacoltà per la Cooperazione con i Paesi in Via di Sviluppo

CICOPS 1984 Pavia PV Italy G

Centro Internacional de Demonstración y Capacitación en Aprovechamiento de Agua de Lluvia

CIDECALL G

Charity: Water

2006 New York NY USA G

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

CIWEM 1895 London UK G jv

Child Rights Connect

1983 Geneva GE Switzerland E y

Childbirth Survival International

CSI Baltimore MD USA G

ChildHope UK

1989 London UK G

ChildRights International Research Institute

1992 New York NY USA G j

China Europe Water Platform

CEWP 2012 F

Christian Aid Mission

1953 Charlottesville VA USA G

Christian Relief Fund

CRF 1974 Amarillo TX USA G f

Church World Service

CWS 1946 Elkhart IN USA G

Circle of Blue

Traverse City MI USA G

CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

1993 Johannesburg South Africa F y

Clean Air Initiative for Cities Around the World

CAI 1998 Washington DC USA F

Clean Air Institute

CAI 2006 Washington DC USA E j

Clean Clothes Campaign

CCC 1990 Amsterdam Netherlands F

Clean Energy Ministerial

CEM 2009 Paris France F cg

Clean Shipping Coalition

CSC Brussels Belgium C y

Clean Sky Joint Technology Initiative

Clean Sky JTI 2008 Brussels Belgium E

Clean the World

2009 Orlando FL USA G

Clean Up the World

CUW 1993 Darlinghurst NSW Australia F

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

CCAC 2012 Paris France E y

Climate Investment Funds

CIF 2008 F f

CO2 Value Europe

2017 Brussels Belgium D

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala Sweden F y

Coalition Eau

Montreuil France G y

COGEN Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium F y

Collaborative Working Group on Solid Waste Management in Low- and Middle-income Countries

CWG St Gallen SG Switzerland F

Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli

CISP 1982 Rome RM Italy G

Comité d'aide médicale et de parrainage sans frontières

CAMPSF 1990 Montreuil France G

Comité Interamericano de Sanidad Avicola

CISA 2004 Buenos Aires Argentina E

Comité Regional de Recursos Hidraulicos del Istmo Centroamericano

CRRH 1966 San José San José San José Costa Rica E g

Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage

CIE 1900 Vienna Austria C

Commission on Air Pollution Prevention of VDI and DIN - Standards Committee

1990 Düsseldorf Germany G

Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Black Sea Commission Istanbul Istanbul Turkey E g

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Geneva GE Switzerland E g

Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

CLARIN 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E

Common Seas

Bristol UK G

Community and Family Services International

CFSI 1981 Manila Philippines G

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v

Community World Service Asia

1954 Karachi Pakistan F

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