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

Global Partnership for Oceans

GPO 2012 B y

Global Partnership for Results-Based Approaches

GPRBA 2003 Washington DC USA E gy

Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities

GPA 1995 Nairobi Kenya K g

GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY - Austrian Platform for Development and Humanitarian Aid

2008 Vienna Austria G y

Global Rights

1978 Abuja Nigeria G

Global Rivers Environmental Education Network

GREEN 1984 Denver CO USA G

Global Runoff Data Centre

GRDC 1988 Koblenz Germany E g

Global Smart Grid Federation

GSGF 2010 Belfast UK E

Global Soap Project

Atlanta GA USA G

Global Soil Partnership

GSP Rome Italy E gy

Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Conference

G-STIC 2017 S c

Global Sustainable Tourism Council

GSTC 2010 Washington DC USA B y

Global Terrestrial Network - Hydrology

GTN-H 2001 Koblenz Germany F g

Global WASH Cluster

GWC 2006 Geneva Switzerland E y

Global Water

1982 Arlington VA USA G

Global Water Challenge

GWC 2006 Arlington VA USA G

Global Water Operators' Partnerships Alliance

GWOPA 2009 Bonn Germany E y

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 SA Australia C

Global Water Solidarity

GWS 2012 Geneva Switzerland E y


2004 Lansdale PA USA F

Graduate Women International

GWI 1919 Versoix Switzerland B

Grassroots International

GI 1983 Boston MA USA G

Greater Horn of Africa Rainwater Partnership

GHARP 2001 Nairobi Kenya F

Green Ark Committee

GRC 2011 Kinshasa Congo DR F

Green Cross International

GCI 1993 Geneva Switzerland F

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

Growing Media Europe

2016 Brussels Belgium D

Hazardous Waste Europe

HWE 2011 Boulogne-Billancourt France J

Health and Water African Foundation

HWAF 1999 F f

Health Care Without Harm Europe

HCWH Europe 2003 Brussels Belgium E y

Heart to Heart International

HHI 1992 Lenexa KS USA G

Heifer International

1944 Little Rock AR USA G

Help - Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe

1981 Bonn Germany G

High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

Panel 2018 Washington DC USA F y

HOPE '87 - Hundreds of Original Projects for Employment

1987 Vienna Austria G


1991 Gosport UK F

How to Change the World

2018 London UK J

Human Appeal

1984 Cheadle UK F

Human Rights Funders Network

HRFN 1994 New York NY USA G

Human Rights Measurement Initiative

HRMI 2016 Wellington New Zealand F j

Hydraulique sans frontières

HSF 1990 Chambéry France G

Hydrographic Commission on Antarctica

HCA 1992 Monte Carlo Monaco K gy

Hydrographic Society Benelux

HSB Deinze Belgium D

IAEA Environment Laboratories

IAEA-EL 1961 Vienna Austria F g

Icelandic Church Aid

1969 Reykjavik Iceland G


2009 Paris France G