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.

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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

European Anglers Alliance

EAA 1994 Brussels Belgium 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 Environmental and Resource Economists

EAERE 1990 Venice Italy D v

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 Belgium D

European Association of lighting WEEE compliance schemes

EucoLight 2015 Brussels Belgium D t

European Association of Mining Industries, Metal Ores and Industrial Minerals

EUROMINES 1996 Brussels Belgium D yt

European Association of Remote Sensing Companies

EARSC 1989 Brussels Belgium D t

European Biosafety Association

EBSA 1996 Ghent Belgium D

European Boating Industry

EBI 2009 Brussels Belgium D t

European Brewery Convention

EBC 1947 Brussels Belgium D

European Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Laboratory Infrastructure

ECCSEL ERIC 2017 Trondheim Norway E

European Chemicals Agency

ECHA 2007 Helsinki Finland D g

European Chlorinated Solvents Association

ECSA 1989 Brussels Belgium E t

European Christian Organisations in Relief and Development

EU-CORD 1997 Brussels Belgium E y

European Clinical Research Infrastructure Network

ECRIN 2004 Paris France E

European College of Aquatic Animal Health

ECAAH 2014 Messina Italy E

European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization

CENELEC 1973 Brussels Belgium D

European Conference of Triga Reactor Users

Istanbul Türkiye S c

European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST 1971 Brussels Belgium E g

European Dental Hygienists Federation

EDHF Stockholm Sweden D

European Distribution System Operators' Association for Smart Grids

EDSO 2010 Brussels Belgium D

European Drinking Water Cooler Association

EDWCA 2001 Saunderton UK G

European Engine Power Plants Association

EUGINE Frankfurt-Main Germany D t

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 National Associations of Water and Waste Water Services

EurEau 1975 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services

1981 Brussels Belgium D

European Fismeal and Fish Oil Producers

European Fishmeal 1963 Copenhagen Denmark E t

European Grassland Federation

EGF 1963 Hedingen Switzerland D

European Greenways Association

EGWA 1998 Madrid Spain D

European High Temperature Reactor Technology Network

HTR-TN 2000 Brussels Belgium F

European Hygienic Engineering Design Group

EHEDG 1989 Amsterdam Netherlands E

European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine

EATRIS 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands E

European Institute of Research on Water Policy

2007 Brussels Belgium F j

European Investment Casters' Federation

EICF 1955 Brussels Belgium D

European Irrigation Association

EIA 1991 Brussels Belgium D

European Lighting Clusters Alliance

ELCA 2011 Piombino Dese Italy D

European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory

EMSO ERIC 2016 Rome Italy E

European Network for Economic Cooperation and Development

EUCED Lisbon Portugal G

European Network for Qualitative Inquiry

ENQI 2017 Leuven Belgium F

European Network of Experimental and Representative Basins

ERB 1986 Liptovsky Mikulas Slovakia F

European Network of Freshwater Research Organisations

EurAqua 1993 Helsinki Finland D

European Network of Political Foundations

ENoP 2006 Brussels Belgium F