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

Eastern Africa Coalition on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

EACOR Nairobi Kenya G

Eastern Atlantic Hydrographic Commission

EAtHC 1984 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

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

ECLOF International

1946 Geneva GE Switzerland F f

ECO Science Foundation

ECOSF 2011 Islamabad Pakistan E fg


2012 Doha Qatar F - European Sustainable Business Federation

2016 Brussels Belgium D

ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

ERERA 2008 Accra Ghana E g

EIB Institute

2012 Luxembourg Luxembourg E gj

End Water Poverty

EWP 2007 London UK F y

Energy 4 Impact

2002 London UK F

Energy Council of the Americas


Energy Technologies Europe

2001 Brussels Belgium D

Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F

Entomological Society of Southern Africa

ESSA 1937 Hatfield South Africa F

Envirofit International

2003 Fort Collins CO USA N


Fann-Dakar Senegal J

Episcopal Relief and Development

1940 New York NY USA G f

ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee

TC 1968 Macau Macau E g


2008 Brussels Belgium D

eu can aid

ECA 1968 Brussels Belgium F


Zaventem Belgium D

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

EMWIS 1997 Sophia Antipolis France F g

Euro-Mediterranean Irrigators Community

EIC 2002 Madrid Madrid Spain F


2001 Brussels Belgium F


1995 Brussels Belgium D

EuroLinux Alliance for a Free Information Infrastructure

1999 F

Europäische Vereinigung der Gemeinschaften zur Zertifizierung von Entsorgungsfachbetrieben

EVGE 2004 Bonn Germany D

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 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 Geographers

EUROGEO 1979 Saragossa Saragossa Spain F

European Association of Geosynthetic product Manufacturers


European Association of lighting WEEE compliance schemes

EucoLight 2015 Brussels Belgium D

European Biosafety Association

EBSA 1996 Ghent Belgium D

European Boating Industry

EBI 2009 Brussels Belgium D

European Brewery Convention

EBC 1947 Brussels Belgium D

European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure

ECCSEL 2017 F g

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 Istanbul Turkey S c

European Decontamination Institute

EDI 2013 Brussels Belgium D

European Dental Hygienists Federation

EDHF Stockholm Sweden D

European Distribution System Operators' Association for Smart Grids

EDSO for Smart Grids Brussels Belgium D

European Drinking Water Cooler Association

EDWCA 2001 Saunderton UK G

European Engine Power Plants Association

EUGINE Frankfurt-Main Germany G