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.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

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

Hostelling International

1932 London UK B


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

IAEA Environment Laboratories

IAEA-EL 1961 Vienna Austria F g

Icelandic Church Aid

1969 Reykjavik Iceland G


2009 Paris France G

IFLA Europe

1989 Brussels Belgium E f

IFOAM - Organics International

IFOAM 1972 Bonn Germany B

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

1957 Delft Netherlands E jv

ILGA Oceania


Illuminating Engineering Society

IES 1906 New York NY USA G

Imagine H2O

2009 G

Improve International

2011 Atlanta GA USA G

INCE Europe

2005 Wallasey UK G

Infrastructure Consortium for Africa

ICA 2005 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire E gy

Infrastructure Ecology Network Europe

IENE 1996 Paris France F

Initiative for the Development of Africa

IDA Dakar Senegal G

Initiative: Eau

2013 Washington DC USA G

Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement

IHEID 2008 Geneva Switzerland G j

Institut du Travail d’Afrique Centrale

ITAC 2005 Kinshasa Congo DR J

Institut International d'Ingénierie de l'Eau et de l'Environnement

2iE 2004 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso F gj

Institut méditerranéen de l'eau

IME 1982 Marseille France E j

Institute de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova e Lisboa

Lisbon Portugal G j

Institute for Geopolitical Research and Development

INGRED 2011 Antwerp Belgium F f

Institute for Infrastructure, Environment and Innovation

IMIEU 1999 Brussels Belgium J

Institute for Social and Environmental Transition–International

ISET-International 1997 Boulder CO USA F

Institute for Zero Waste in Africa

IZWA Cape Town South Africa G j

Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa

IWMSA Roodepoort South Africa N j

Institution of Lighting Engineers

ILE 1924 Rugby UK N jv

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales

ICEFI 2005 Guatemala Guatemala D j

Integrity Action

2003 London UK G

Inter aide

IA 1980 Versailles France G

Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

IADC 1993 E