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

Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance

GWOPA 2009 Barcelona Spain E y International Federations

Global Water Partnership

GWP 1996 Stockholm Sweden F

Global Water Recycling and Reuse System Association

GWRA 2008 Tokyo Japan N

Global Water Research Coalition

GWRC 2002 Stirling Australia C

Global Water Solidarity

GWS 2012 Geneva Switzerland E y International Federations


2004 Lansdale PA USA F

Grassroots International

GI 1983 Boston MA USA G Human Rights Organizations

Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership

GHARP 2001 Nairobi Kenya F

Green Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F Humanitarian Organizations

Group of European Basin Organizations for the Implementation of the Water Framework Directive

EURO-INBO 2003 Paris France E

Group of European Municipalities with Nuclear Facilities

GMF 1993 Madrid Spain F

Health and Water African Foundation

HWAF 1999 F f Foundations

Healthmatch International

1998 Yaba Nigeria D

Heart to Heart International

1992 Lenexa KS USA G Humanitarian Organizations

Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe

1981 Bonn Germany G Humanitarian Organizations


1991 Gosport UK F Humanitarian Organizations

Human Appeal

1984 Cheadle UK F Humanitarian Organizations

Hydraulique sans frontières

HSF 1990 Chambéry France G

Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica

HCA 1992 Monaco Monaco K gy International Federations, IGOs

Hydrographic Society Benelux

HSB Deinze Belgium D

IAEA Environment Laboratories

IAEA-EL 1961 Vienna Austria F g IGOs

Iberoamerican Society of Contamination and Environmental Toxicology

2001 D

Icelandic Church Aid

1969 Reykjavik Iceland G Humanitarian Organizations


2009 Paris France G

IEA Clean Coal Centre

1975 London UK E g IGOs

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

1957 Delft Netherlands E jv Institutes, UNESCO Bodies

Illuminating Engineering Society

IES 1906 New York NY USA G

Improve International

2011 Atlanta GA USA G

Infra Eco Network Europe

IENE 1996 Linköping Sweden F

Infrastructure Consortium for Africa

ICA 2005 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E gy International Federations, IGOs

Initiative: Eau

2013 Cambridge MA USA G

Institute for Tropical and Medical Hygiene, University of Lisbon

Lisbon Portugal G j Institutes

Institute for Zero Waste in Africa

IZWA Cape Town South Africa G j Institutes

Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa

IWMSA Roodepoort South Africa N j Institutes

Institution of Lighting Engineers

ILE 1924 Rugby UK N jv Institutes

Inter aide

IA 1980 Versailles France G Humanitarian Organizations

Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

IADC 1993 E

Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering

1948 Sao Paulo Brazil D

Inter-American Centre for Studies on Water Resources

1989 Toluca Mexico E

Inter-American Committee on Avian Health

2004 Buenos Aires Argentina E

Inter-Islamic Network on Biosaline Agriculture

INBA 2002 Dubai United Arab Emirates F g IGOs

Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management

INWRDAM 1987 Amman Jordan F g IGOs

Inter-State Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia

ICWC 1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan E g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

Inter-State School of Hydraulic and Rural Engineering for Senior Technicians

1972 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F g Intergovernmental Communities, IGOs

InterAid International

IAI 1960 Geneva Switzerland F Humanitarian Organizations

Intergovernmental Group on Meat and Dairy Products

1970 Rome Italy E gy FAO Bodies, Intergovernmental Communities, International Federations, IGOs

International Academy of Aquatic Art

IAAA 1955 University Park FL USA N

International Academy of Environmental Sanitation and Public Health

IAES and PH 1984 Delhi India G

International Action Centre for Pollution Incidents Response in the North-East Atlantic

1990 Lisbon Portugal E g IGOs

International Aid

1980 Spring Lake MI USA G Humanitarian Organizations