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

Climate Investment Funds

CIF 2008 F f

CO2 Value Europe

2017 Brussels Belgium D

Coalition Clean Baltic

CCB 1990 Uppsala F y

Coalition Eau

Montreuil France G y

Coalition of Fragile Ecosystems

COFE 2017 J

COGEN Europe

1993 Brussels Belgium F y

Collaborative Intergovernmental Scientific Research Institute

CISRI 2000 Novara Italy E gj

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

CWG St Gallen Switzerland F

Comisión Trinacional para el Desarrollo de la Cuenca del Rio Pilcomayo

1995 Asunción Paraguay E g

Comitato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo dei Popoli

CISP 1982 Rome 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 Costa Rica E g

Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage

CIE 1900 Vienna 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 Turkey E g

Commissione Cooperazione Internazionale per lo Sviluppo

CICOPS 1984 Pavia Italy G

Committee on the Rights of the Child

Geneva 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 G

Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies

CER 1988 Brussels Belgium F v

Community Partners International

CPI 2010 San Francisco CA USA G

Community World Service Asia

1954 Karachi Pakistan F

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

1980 T g

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

1980 T g

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

1979 T g

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

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

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

Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction

PRES 2003 S c

Conférence Permanente des Chambres Consulaires Africaines et Francophones

CPCCAF 1973 Paris France C y

Conseil européen de l'industrie chimique

CEFIC 1972 Brussels D yt

Construction Products Europe

1988 Brussels Belgium D y

Consultation of Heads of Water Management Organizations

S cg

Consultative Meeting of Contracting Parties to the London Convention/Meeting of Contracting Parties to the London Protocol

1975 London UK F g

Containers of Hope

1994 Romford UK N

Convention Concerning Fishing in the Waters of the Danube

1958 T g

Convention Concerning Hygiene in Commerce and Offices

1964 Geneva Switzerland T g

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

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

Oslo Convention 1972 T g

Convention for the Protection of the Rhine Against Chemical Pollution

1976 T g

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

1976 T g

Convention Internationale sur la Responsabilité et L'indemnisation pour les Dommages Liés au Transport par Mer de Substances Nocives et Potentiellement Dangereuses

Convention SNPD 1996 T g

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

1977 T g

Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution

1979 Geneva Switzerland F g

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

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

LDC 1972 London UK T g

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