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

Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Black Sea Commission Istanbul Turkey E g IGOs

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Geneva Switzerland E g United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations, IGOs

Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure

CLARIN 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E

Community and Family Services International

CFSI 1981 Manila Philippines G Humanitarian Organizations

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v

Community World Service Asia

1954 Karachi Pakistan F Humanitarian Organizations

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Analysis of Organic Micro-pollutants in Water

1980 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Physico-chemical Behaviour of Atmospheric Pollutants

1980 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Community-COST Concertation Agreement on a Concerted Action Project in the Field of Treatment and Use of Sewage Sludge

1979 T g Treaties, European Union Bodies, IGOs

Complementary Protocol to the Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Southeast Pacific by Hydrocarbons and other Harmful Substances

1983 Quito Ecuador T g Treaties, IGOs

Complementary Protocol to the Agreement on Regional Cooperation in Combating Pollution of the Southeast Pacific by Oil and other Harmful Substances in Cases of Emergency

1983 T g Treaties, IGOs

Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants

CEWEP 2002 Düsseldorf Germany D

Conference of Directors of the Ibero American Meteorological and Hydrological Services

2003 Madrid Spain F

Conference of Directors of the West African National Meteorological and Hydrological Services

AFRIMET Madrid Spain E

Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations

CONGO 1948 Geneva Switzerland E y United Nations Bodies, Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction

PRES 2003 S c

Construction Products Europe

1988 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

Consultation of Heads of Water Management Organizations

S cg Conference Series, IGOs

Convention Concerning Fishing in the Waters of the Danube

1958 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning Hygiene in Commerce and Offices

1964 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention Concerning the Protection of Workers Against Occupational Hazards in the Working Environment Due to Air Pollution, Noise and Vibration

1977 Geneva Switzerland T g ILO Bodies, Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping from Ships and Aircraft

Oslo Convention 1972 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Protection of the Rhine Against Chemical Pollution

1976 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention for the Protection of the Rhine from Pollution by Chlorides Modified by Exchanges of Letters

1976 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage Resulting from Exploration for and Exploitation of Seabed Mineral Resources

1977 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution

1979 Geneva Switzerland F g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Ban of the Import of Hazardous Wastes into Africa and on the Control of Their Transboundary Movements within Africa

Bamako Convention 1991 T g Treaties, IGOs

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

UNCRTD 1989 Geneva Switzerland T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter

LDC 1972 London UK T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution from Land-based Sources

Paris Convention 1974 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention on the Protection of the Black Sea Against Pollution

Bucharest convention 1992 Istanbul Turkey T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Regulating the Withdrawal of Water from Lake Constance

1966 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Relating to the Salvage of Torpedoes

1934 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention Relative à la Collecte, au Dépôt et à la Réception des Déchets Survenant en Navigation Rhenane et Intérieure

1996 T g Treaties, IGOs

Convention to Ban the Importation into Forum Island Countries of Hazardous Wastes and Radioactive Wastes and to Control the Transboundary Movement and Management of Hazardous Wastes within the South Pacific

Waigani convention 1995 T g Treaties, IGOs

Cooperation Agreement for the Protection of North-East Atlantic Coasts and Waters Against Pollution

Lisbon Agreement 1990 T g Treaties, IGOs

Cooperative Programme for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Long-range Transmission of Air Pollutants in Europe

EMEP 1979 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

Cooperazione Internazionale

COOPI 1962 Milan Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

Coordinating Committee of the Organization for Voluntary Service

1972 Milan Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

Cross International

Pompano Beach FL USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Deep Ocean Water Applications Society

DOWAS 1997 Saga Japan J

Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

DARIAH-EU 2014 Berlin Germany F

Disinfected Mail Study Circle

1973 London UK F

E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism

2004 London UK G

Earth Child Institute

ECI New York NY USA F j Institutes

Earth Law Center

2008 New York NY USA G Human Rights Organizations

EarthAction Network

1992 Amherst MA USA F y International Federations, Human Rights Organizations

Earthjustice

1971 San Francisco CA USA G f Funds, Human Rights Organizations

Earthlife Africa

ELA 1988 Dalbridge South Africa G v

East Asia and Pacific Infrastructure Regulatory Forum

EAPIRF 2003 Delhi India F

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