Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 6: Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Clean Water & Sanitation

Access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene is the most basic human need for health and well-being. Billions of people will lack access to these basic services in 2030 unless progress quadruples. Demand for water is rising owing to rapid population growth, urbanization and increasing water needs from agriculture, industry, and energy sectors.

The demand for water has outpaced population growth, and half the world’s population is already experiencing severe water scarcity at least one month a year. Water scarcity is projected to increase with the rise of global temperatures as a result of climate change.

Investments in infrastructure and sanitation facilities; protection and restoration of water- related ecosystems; and hygiene education are among the steps necessary to ensure universal access to safe and affordable drinking water for all by 2030, and improving water-use efficiency is one key to reducing water stress.

There has been positive progress. Between 2015 and 2022, the proportion of the world’s population with access to safely managed drinking water increased from 69 per cent to 73 per cent.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

East Asia Hydrographic Commission

EAHC 1971 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

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 Switzerland F f

ECO Science Foundation

ECOSF 2011 Islamabad Pakistan F fg


2012 Doha Qatar F

Economy for the Common Good

ECG Hamburg Germany C - European Sustainable Business Federation

2016 Brussels Belgium D

ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

ERERA 2008 Accra Ghana E g

EDANA, the voice of nonwovens

EDANA 1971 Brussels Belgium D t

EGI Foundation 2010 Amsterdam Netherlands F fy

EIB Institute

2012 Luxembourg Luxembourg E gj

Ekklesia Society

1996 Frisco TX USA F v

Emmaus International

1971 Montreuil France E

Empowers Africa

New York NY USA G

End Water Poverty

EWP 2007 London UK F y

Energy 4 Impact

2002 London UK F

Energy and Resources Institute

TERI 1974 Delhi India G j

Energy Council of the Americas


Energy Regulators Association of East Africa

EREA 2008 Arusha Tanzania UR D

Energy Technologies Europe

2001 Brussels Belgium D

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


2017 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 t

eu can aid

ECA 1968 Brussels Belgium F

EU-ASEAN Business Council

EU-ABC 2011 Singapore Singapore E

Euclid University

EUCLID 2008 Bangui Central African Rep F g


Zaventem Belgium D

EUniverCities Network

EUniverCities 2012 F

Euro Asia Civil Engineering Forum

EACEF 2006 Stuttgart Germany 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 Brussels Belgium E y

European Advanced Carbon and Graphite Materials Association

ECGA 1995 Brussels Belgium D t