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 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 Partnership for Results-Based Approaches

GPRBA Washington DC USA E gy International Federations, IGOs

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

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

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

2008 Geneva Switzerland G j Institutes

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

Group on Earth Observations

GEO 2005 Geneva Switzerland F g IGOs

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

Human Rights Funders Network

HRFN 1994 New York NY USA G Human Rights 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