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

International Portable Sanitation Working Group

IPSWG 1996 Bloomington MN USA E

International Private Infrastructure Association

IPIA 2004 Chevy Chase MD USA G

International Private Water Association

IPWA 1999 New York NY USA N

International Public Relations Network

IPRN 1995 Madrid F

International Rafting Federation

IRF 1997 Cape Town C

International Rainwater Catchment Systems Association

IRCSA 1989 D

International Rainwater Harvesting Alliance

IRHA 2002 Geneva F y

International Recovery Foundation

IRF Zurich Switzerland F f

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

1928 Geneva Switzerland F

International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO

IRCAI 2020 Ljubljana J g

International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies

LCS-RNet 2009 Hayama Japan F y

International Rubber Study Group

IRSG 1944 Singapore Singapore C g

International Salvage Union

ISU 1926 London D y

International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation, 1933

1933 T g

International Sanitary Convention for Aerial Navigation, 1944

1944 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1900

1900 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1912

1912 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1914

1914 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1926

1926 T g

International Sanitary Convention, 1944

1944 T g

International Sanitary Regulations, 1951

1951 T g

International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

IFH 1998 Northwich UK G

International Secretariat for Water

ISW 1991 Montréal QC Canada F

International Ship Masters' Association

ISMA 1886 Avon Lake OH USA G v

International Smart Grid Action Network

ISGAN 2010 Vienna Austria E g

International Society for Animal Hygiene

ISAH 1970 Hannover Germany D

International Society for Construction with Alternative Materials

ISCOWA 1992 Leuven Belgium D v

International Society for Digital Earth

ISDE 2006 Beijing D

International Society for Environmental Protection

ISEP 1987 Vienna Austria D

international Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport infrastructures

iSMARTi 2003 B

International Society for Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure

ISHMII Winnipeg MB Canada D

International Society for Trenchless Technology

ISTT 1986 Alexandria VA USA C y

International Society for Water Solutions

ISWS New York NY G

International Society of Blood Purification

1982 Rotterdam Netherlands C v

International Society of Doctors for the Environment

ISDE 1990 Basel C v

International Society of Environmental Botanists

ISEB 1994 Lucknow India G v

International Society of Exposure Science

ISES 1989 Mission KS G v

International Society of Groundwater for Sustainable Development

ISGSD Stockholm C

International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate

ISIAQ 1992 Herndon VA C

International Society of Limnology

1922 Montréal QC Canada B

International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology

ISMH 1921 Porto Portugal C

International Society of Nuclear Air Treatment Technology

ISNATT 1990 Southeastern PA N

International Society of Paddy and Water Environment Engineering

PAWEES 2003 Nara Japan D

International Soil Conservation Organization

ISCO 1983 Honolulu HI USA F

International Soil Moisture Network

ISMN Vienna Austria J

International Solid Waste Association

ISWA 1931 Rotterdam B

International Sport Network Organization

ISNO 2018 C y

International Symposium on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis

Pyro S c

International Symposium on Electrokinetic Remediation

EREM S c

International Symposium on Environmental Issues and Waste Management in Energy and Minerals Production

SWEMP S c

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