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

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

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

EarthAction Network

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

Earthlife Africa

ELA 1988 Dalbridge South Africa G v

East Asia and Pacific Infrastructure Regulatory Forum

EAPIRF 2003 Delhi India F

East Asia Hydrographic Commission

EAHC 1971 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Eastern Atlantic Hydrographic Commission

EAtHC 1984 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Eau Sans Frontières Internationale

1978 Paris France G

Eau vive

1978 Montreuil France G

Eau, agriculture et santé en milieu tropical

EAST 1983 Paris France G

Ecological Sanitation for Latin America and the Caribbean

Quito Ecuador G

ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

ERERA 2008 Accra Ghana E g IGOs

End Water Poverty

EWP 2007 London UK F y International Federations

Energy 4 Impact

2002 London UK F

Energy Council of the Americas


Envirofit International

2003 Fort Collins CO USA N

ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee

TC 1968 Macau Macau E g IGOs


2008 Brussels Belgium D

Eu can aid

ECA 1968 Brussels Belgium F Humanitarian Organizations


Zaventem Belgium D

Euro-Mediterranean Information System on Know-how in the Water Sector

EMWIS 1997 Sophia Antipolis France F g IGOs

Euro-Mediterranean Irrigators Community

EIC 2002 Madrid Spain F


2001 Brussels Belgium F

EuroLinux Alliance for a Free Information Infrastructure

1999 F

European Anglers Alliance

EAA 1994 Brussels Belgium F

European Association for the Consumption-based Billing of Energy Costs

EVVE 1993 Bonn Germany D

European Association for the Streamlining of Energy Exchange-gas

EASEE-gas 2002 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Association of Aquatic Sciences Libraries and Information Centres

EURASLIC 1988 Zagreb Croatia D

European Association of Electrical and Electronic Waste Take Back Systems

WEEE Forum 2002 Brussels Belgium F

European Association of lighting WEEE compliance schemes

EucoLight 2015 Brussels Belgium D

European Association of Water and Heat Meter Manufacturers

1960 Paris La Défense France D

European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure

ECCSEL 2017 F g IGOs

European Chlorinated Solvent Association

ECSA 1989 Brussels Belgium E

European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network

ECRIN 2004 Paris France D

European College of Aquatic Animal Health

ECAAH 2014 Mytilene Greece E

European Conference of Triga Reactor Users

Istanbul Turkey S c Conference Series

European Dental Hygienists Federation

EDHF Stockholm Sweden D

European Distribution System Operators' Association for Smart Grids

EDSO for Smart Grids 825 Brussels Belgium D

European Drinking Water Cooler Association

EDWCA 2001 Saunderton UK G

European Federation for Animal Health and Sanitary Security

2001 Paris France D

European Federation of Associations for Certification of Specialised Waste Management Companies

2004 Bonn Germany D

European Federation of Bottled Waters

EFBW Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations

EFCA 1996 Pfinztal Germany D y International Federations

European Federation of Local Energy Companies

CEDEC 1992 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of National Associations of Water and Waste Water Services

1975 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of the Sanitary and Heating Wholesale Trade

1958 Leiden Netherlands D