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

International Association for Sediment Water Science

IASWS 1984 Ljubljana Slovenia C

International Association for Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology

IASMiRT 1971 Raleigh NC USA D v

International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam

IAPWS 1929 D

International Association for the Rights of Needy and Suffering Children

IARNSC 2004 Montréal QC Canada G Human Rights Organizations

International Association for Water Law

1967 Rome Italy B

International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers

IAMSLIC 1975 Newport OR USA C

International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants

IAC2 Boulder CO USA G

International Association of Dive Rescue Specialists

IADRS 1978 Avon IA USA N

International Association of Hydrogeologists

IAH 1956 Reading UK B

International Association of Hydrological Sciences

IAHS 1922 Rennes France B

International Association of Hygienic Physicians

IAHP 1978 Youngstown OH USA N

International Association of Lighting Designers

IALD 1969 Chicago IL USA G

International Association of Lighting Management Companies

NALMCO 1953 Ankeny IA USA G

International Association of Limnogeology


International Association of Water Supply Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area

1993 Vienna Austria D

International Association of Waterworks in the Rhine Catchment Area

1970 Düsseldorf Germany D

International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group

GTB 1951 Turin Italy E

International Bottled Water Association

IBWA 1958 Alexandria VA USA G

International Boundary and Water Commission

IBWC 1889 El Paso TX USA G g IGOs

International Buddhist Relief Organization

IBRO Birmingham UK G Humanitarian Organizations

International Carbon Action Partnership

ICAP 2007 Berlin Germany F g IGOs

International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance

ICROA 2008 Geneva Switzerland E

International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments

1970 Auburn AL USA G

International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

ICBA 1999 Dubai United Arab Emirates E

International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management

ICIWaRM Alexandria VA USA G

International Center for Urban Water Hydroinformatics Research and Innovation

ICUH 2008 Incheon Korea Rep G

International Center on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures, Yazd

ICQHS 2005 Yazd Iran Islamic Rep E

International Centre for a Water Civilization

1998 Mogliano Veneto Italy G

International Centre for Coast Ecohydrology

ICCE 2009 Faro Portugal E y International Federations

International Centre for Demonstration and Training in Utilising Rainwater


International Centre for Education, Capacity Building and Applied Research in Water

2009 Frutal Brazil G gf Foundations, IGOs

International Centre for Infrastructure Futures

ICIF London UK N

International Centre for Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

SDEWES Centre Zagreb Croatia G

International Centre for Water Cooperation

ICWC Stockholm Sweden G

International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management

ICHARM 2006 Ibaraki Japan G g UNESCO Bodies, IGOs

International Centre for Water Management Services

cewas Willisau Switzerland G

International Centre for Water Resources and Global Change

ICWRGC Koblenz Germany E g IGOs

International Centre of Water for Food Security

IC Water Wagga Wagga Australia G Institutes

International Christian Aid Relief Enterprises

ICARE 1982 Parramatta Australia G Humanitarian Organizations

International Commission for the Hydrology of the Rhine Basin

1970 Lelystad Netherlands D g IGOs

International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River

ICPDR 1998 Vienna Austria E gy International Federations, IGOs

International Commission for the Protection of the Odra River against Pollution

ICPO 1996 Wroclaw Poland E g IGOs

International Commission for the Protection of the Water Lake Geneva

1962 Nyon Switzerland G

International Commission of the Meuse

1998 Liège Belgium E g IGOs

International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution

ICACGP 1957 Bremen Germany E v

International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise

ICBEN 1968 The Hague Netherlands E v

International Commission on Illumination

1900 Vienna Austria C

International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage

ICID 1950 Delhi India B

International Commissions for the Protection of the Moselle and Saar

ICPMS 1961 Konz-Saarburg Germany E g IGOs

International Committee for the Development of Peoples

1982 Rome Italy G Humanitarian Organizations