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

Freecycle Network

2003 Tucson AZ USA N

Freedom from Debt Coalition

FDC 1988 Quezon City Philippines G Humanitarian Organizations

fresh2O

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

Freshwater Action Network South Asia

FANSA 2007 Secunderabad India E

FRIEND / Hindu Kush-Himalayan

HKH-FRIEND 1996 Kathmandu Nepal K g IGOs

FRIEND/Alpine and Mediterranean Hydrology

FRIEND/AMHY 1991 Montpellier France K gv IGOs

Fund for Latin American Irrigated Rice

1995 Cali Colombia F fy Funds, International Federations

Gas Infrastructure Europe

GIE 2002 Brussels Belgium D

GEMS/Water

1978 Nairobi Kenya K g IGOs

Gender and Water Alliance

GWA 2000 Dieren Netherlands G

Global Aid Foundation

1993 Astoria NY USA F fv Humanitarian Organizations, Foundations

Global Aid Network

GAiN USA Dallas TX USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

GAIA 2000 Quezon City Philippines C

Global Alliance for Ministries and Infrastructures for Peace

GAMIP Geneva Switzerland C v

Global Alliances for Water and Climate

GAfWaC 2016 E g IGOs

Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative

GLAFRI 2015 Düsseldorf Germany C

Global Biosaline Network

GBN Dubai United Arab Emirates G

Global Cabin Air Quality Executive

GCAQE 2006 Horsham UK C

Global Commons Institute, London

1991 London UK G j Institutes

Global Community Monitor

GCM 2001 El Cerrito CA USA G

Global Coral Reef Alliance

GCRA 1990 Cambridge MA USA N

Global Environment and Natural Resources Institute

GENRI 2013 Fairfax VA USA G j Institutes

Global Hope Mobilization

GLOHOMO Lilongwe Malawi G Human Rights Organizations

Global Hygiene Council

GHC 2006 J

Global Impact

1956 Alexandria VA USA G y Humanitarian Organizations, International Federations

Global Information Infrastructure Commission

GIIC 1995 Washington DC USA G

Global Infrastructure Alliance for Internet Safety

GIAIS 2004 F

Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation

GIB Foundation 2008 Basel Switzerland F f Foundations

Global Initiatives for Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Action

GI Kathmandu Nepal G Humanitarian Organizations

Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health

GIWEH 2007 Geneva Switzerland C j Institutes

Global Interfaith WASH Alliance

GIWA 2013 Rishikesh India J

Global Lighting Association

2007 Ipswich Australia F y International Federations

Global Network for Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production

RECPnet 2010 Vienna Austria F y International Federations

Global Off-Grid Lighting Association

GOGLA 2012 Utrecht Netherlands E y International Federations

Global Outreach Doctors

2014 Santa Fe NM USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Global Partnership for Oceans

GPO 2012 B y International Federations

Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities

GPA 1995 Nairobi Kenya K g IGOs

Global Rights

1978 Abuja Nigeria G Human Rights Organizations

Global Rivers Environmental Education Network

GREEN 1984 Denver CO USA G

Global Runoff Data Centre

GRDC 1988 Koblenz Germany E g IGOs

Global Smart Grid Federation

GSGF 2010 Belfast UK E

Global Soap Project

Atlanta GA USA G

Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference

G-STIC 2017 S c Conference Series

Global Terrestrial Network - Hydrology

GTN-H 2001 Koblenz Germany F g IGOs

Global WASH Cluster

GWC 2006 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations

Global Water

1982 Arlington VA USA G

Global Water Challenge

GWC 2006 Arlington VA USA G

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