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

Coordinating Committee of the Organization for Voluntary Service

1972 Milan Italy G Humanitarian Organizations

Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific

CROP 1988 Suva Fiji E gy International Federations, IGOs

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 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


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

East Asia Hydrographic Commission

EAHC 1971 Monaco Monaco K g IGOs

Eastern Africa Coalition on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

EACOR Nairobi Kenya G Human Rights Organizations

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

EIB Institute

2012 Luxembourg Luxembourg E jg Institutes, IGOs

End Water Poverty

EWP 2007 London UK F y International Federations

Energy 4 Impact

2002 London UK F

Energy Council of the Americas


Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F

Envirofit International

2003 Fort Collins CO USA N

Episcopal Relief and Development

1940 New York NY USA G f Humanitarian Organizations

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 Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

1978 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

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 Geosynthetic product Manufacturers


European Association of lighting WEEE compliance schemes

EucoLight 2015 Brussels Belgium D

European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures

1973 Brussels Belgium F

European Association of Water and Heat Meter Manufacturers

1960 La Varenne-Saint-Hilaire France D

European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure

ECCSEL 2017 F g IGOs

European Chemical Industry Council

1972 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Chlorinated Solvent Association

ECSA 1989 Brussels Belgium E