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

Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee

IADC 1993 E

Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development

IACD 1999 Washington DC USA E g

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-Islamic Network on Biosaline Agriculture

INBA 2002 Dubai United Arab Emirates F g

Inter-Islamic Network on Water Resources Development and Management

INWRDAM 1987 Amman Jordan F g

Inter-State Commission for Water Coordination of Central Asia

ICWC 1992 Tashkent Uzbekistan E g

Inter-State School of Hydraulic and Rural Engineering for Senior Technicians

1972 F g

Intergovernmental Group on Meat and Dairy Products

1970 E gy

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 Agency for the Prevention of Blindness

IAPB 1975 London UK D y

International Agri-Food Network

IAFN 1996 F y

International Aid

1980 Spring Lake MI USA G

International Aid Services

IAS 1990 Vällingby Sweden G

International Alert

1986 London UK F

International Assistance Mission

IAM 1966 Kabul Afghanistan N

International Association for Agricultural Sustainability

IAAS 2017 Singapore Singapore D

International Association for Continuing Engineering Education

IACEE 1989 Atlanta GA USA B y

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 Miami FL USA B

International Association for Promoting Geoethics

IAPG 2012 Rome Italy C

International Association for Sediment Water Science

IASWS 1984 Ljubljana Slovenia C

International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products

1995 Brussels Belgium D yt

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

International Association for Water Law

1967 Rome Italy B

International Association of Advanced Materials

IAAM 2010 Ulrika Sweden C

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 IN USA N

International Association of Geomorphologists

IAG 1989 Selbu Norway B y

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 Service Companies in the Danube River Catchment Area

IAWD 1993 Vienna Austria D

International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA 1957 Vienna Austria B g

International Automotive Lighting and Light Signalling Expert Group

GTB 1951 Turin Italy E

International Biocontrol Manufacturers Association

IBMA 1995 Brussels Belgium D t

International Bottled Water Association

IBWA 1958 Alexandria VA USA G

International Boundary and Water Commission

IBWC 1889 El Paso TX USA G g

International Buddhist Relief Organization

IBRO Birmingham UK G

International Carbon Action Partnership

ICAP 2007 Berlin Germany F g

International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance

ICROA 2008 Geneva Switzerland E

International Center for Aquaculture and Aquatic Environments

1970 Auburn AL USA G

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