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

Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F

Enraíza Derechos

1985 Madrid Spain G v

Entomological Society of Southern Africa

ESSA 1937 Hatfield South Africa F

Envirofit International

2003 Fort Collins CO USA N

Environment and Development Resource Centre

EDRC 1991 Overijse Belgium G v

Environmental Foundation for Africa

EFA Freetown Sierra Leone G f

Environmental Peacebuilding Association

EnPAx 2018 Washington DC USA C y


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

EU-ASEAN Business Council

EU-ABC 2011 Singapore Singapore E


Zaventem Belgium D

EUniverCities Network

EUniverCities 2012 F

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 Spain F


1986 Brussels Belgium 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 Academies' Science Advisory Council

EASAC 2001 Halle (Saale) E y

European Anglers Alliance

EAA 1994 Brussels 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 Geographers

EUROGEO 1979 Saragossa Spain F

European Association of Geosynthetic product Manufacturers

EAGM Winschoten Netherlands D

European Association of Innovation Consultants

EAIC 2021 Brussels D

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 D t

European Brewery Convention

EBC 1947 Brussels Belgium D

European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure

ECCSEL 2017 F g

European Chemicals Agency

ECHA 2007 Helsinki D 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 Turkey S c

European Decontamination Institute

EDI 2013 Brussels Belgium D

European Dental Hygienists Federation

EDHF Stockholm D

European Distribution System Operators' Association for Smart Grids

EDSO 2010 Brussels D

European Drinking Water Cooler Association

EDWCA 2001 Saunderton UK G

European Engine Power Plants Association

EUGINE Frankfurt-Main Germany G

European Federation for Freshwater Sciences

EFFS 2005 D

European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations

EFCA 1996 Pfinztal Germany D y

European Federation of Local Energy Companies

CEDEC 1992 Brussels D

European Federation of National Associations of Water and Waste Water Services

1975 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services

1981 Brussels D

European Fismeal and Fish Oil Producers

European Fishmeal 1963 Copenhagen Denmark E t