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

European Irrigation Association

EIA 1991 Brussels Belgium D

European Lighting Clusters Alliance

ELCA 2011 Lyon France N

European Litter Prevention Association

ELPA Brussels Belgium D

European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory

EMSO Rome Italy E

European Network of Experimental and Representative Basins

ERB 1986 Liptovsky Mikulas Slovakia F

European Network of Freshwater Research Organizations

EurAqua 1993 Utrecht Netherlands D

European Noise Barrier Federation

ENBF 2009 Brussels Belgium D

European Pesticide Residue Workshop

EPRW S c Conference Series

European Power Plant Suppliers Association

EPPSA 2001 Brussels Belgium D

European Rail Infrastructure Managers

EIM 2001 Brussels Belgium D y International Federations

European Recycling Platform

ERP 2002 Cernusco sul Naviglio Italy F

European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Lodz

ERCE PAS 2006 Lódz Poland E g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology

ESWET 2004 Brussels Belgium D

European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants

ZEP 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Union Against Aircraft Nuisance

1968 London UK D

European Union for Responsible Incineration and Treatment of Special Waste

EURITS 1993 London UK D

European Union of Veterinary Hygienists

1966 Brussels Belgium D

European Union of Water Management Associations

EUWMA 1996 The Hague Netherlands D

European Utilities Telecom Council

EUTC Brussels Belgium E

European Ventilation Hygiene Association

EVHA 1999 Ware UK D

European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association


European Water and Wastewater Industry Association

Aqua Europa 1977 Brussels Belgium D

European Water Association

EWA 1981 Hennef Germany D International Federations

European Water Jetting Institute

EWJI 2013 Leganés Spain D Institutes

European Water Partnership

EWP 2006 Brussels Belgium F y International Federations

European Water Platform

WssTP 2004 Brussels Belgium E y International Federations

European Water Resources Association

EWRA Athens Greece D

European Water Treatment Association

EWTA Brussels Belgium D

European Working Group on Acoustic Emission

EWGAE 1972 Warsaw Poland D c Conference Series

Euroshore International

1998 Brussels Belgium D

EuroSpill Association

2004 Petersfield UK E y International Federations

Executive Secretariat of the Council of Electrification of Central America

1985 San Salvador El Salvador E g IGOs

Faith in Water

Bath UK G

Finn Church Aid

FCA 1947 Helsinki Finland G f Humanitarian Organizations

Flow Regimes from International Experimental and Network Data

FRIEND Montpellier France K g IGOs


2000 Kamloops BC Canada G

Fondation Énergies pour le Monde

Fondem 1990 Paris France G

Food for Life Global

FFL 1974 Kamnik Slovenia E Humanitarian Organizations

Food for the Hungry

fh 1971 Phoenix AZ USA F f Humanitarian Organizations

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

FCPF Washington DC USA F gy International Federations, IGOs

Forum of Heads of ASEAN Power Utilities/Authorities

HAPUA 1981 Jakarta Indonesia F g IGOs

Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure

FFII 1998 Berlin Germany F f Foundations

France Amérique latine

1970 Paris France G Human Rights Organizations

Franciscans International

FI 1985 Geneva Switzerland F United Nations Bodies, Human Rights Organizations

Freecycle Network

2003 Tucson AZ USA N

Freedom from Debt Coalition

FDC 1988 Quezon City Philippines G Humanitarian Organizations


Hadlow Down UK G

Freshwater Action Network

FAN 2000 Nairobi Kenya F y International Federations

Freshwater Action Network - Central America

FANCA San José Costa Rica D y International Federations

Freshwater Action Network South America

FANAS Rio de Janeiro Brazil E