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

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 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 Agri-Food Network

IAFN 1996 F y International Federations

International Aid

1980 Spring Lake MI USA G Humanitarian Organizations

International Aid Services

IAS 1990 Vällingby Sweden G Humanitarian Organizations

International Alert

1986 London UK F Human Rights Organizations

International Assistance Mission

IAM 1966 Kabul Afghanistan N Humanitarian Organizations

International Association for Electro-Smog Research

1990 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain N

International Association for Environmental Hydrology

IAEH 1991 San Antonio TX USA N v

International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research

IAHR 1935 Madrid Spain B

International Association for Hydrogen Energy

IAHE 1974 West Lafayette IN USA B

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 St Paul MN 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

IAL Athens OH USA N

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

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