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 Telecommunication Union

ITU 1985 Geneva B g

International Trade Union "Elektroprofsoyuz"

Electrounion 1991 Moscow Russia D t

International Trade Union Alliance of Public Utilities, Local Industry and Services Workers

Moscow Russia D t

International Tree Foundation

ITF 1924 Oxford G f

International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations

IUAPPA 1964 Burgess Hill C y

International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

IUAES 1948 Osaka B

International Union of Property Owners

1923 Brussels Belgium C

International Utilities Revenue Protection Association

IURPA 1990 Orlando FL USA N

International Waste Working Group

IWWG 2002 Hamburg Germany E

International Water and Resource Economics Consortium

IWREC Riverside CA USA E v

International Water Association

IWA 1990 London UK C

International Water History Association

IWHA 2001 Canberra ACT Australia D

International Water Management Institute

IWMI 1984 Colombo E j

International Water Power Consortium

IWPC 1997 J gp

International Water Resources Association

IWRA 1971 Nanterre B

International Water-Related Associations' Liaison Committee

IWALC 1994 Delhi India E y

International WaterCentre

IWC Brisbane QLD Australia G

International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society

IWGS 1984 Greenville VA USA N

International Waterlogging and Salinity Research Institute

IWASRI 1986 Lahore Pakistan G j

International Women's Rights Project

IWRP 1998 G

International Workshop on Railway Noise

IWRN 1976 S c

International Youth Council

IYC 2007 G

International Zeolite Association

IZA 1967 Caen C v

Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Wasserwerke im Rheineinzugsgebiet

IAWR 1970 Düsseldorf Germany D

Internationale Gesellschaft für Elektrosmog-Forschung

IGEF 1990 Santa Cruz de Tenerife Spain N

Internationale Kommission zum Schutz der Elbe

IKSE 1990 Magdeburg Germany E gy

Internationale Kommission zum Schutz der Oder gegen Verunreinigung

IKSOgV 1996 Wroclaw E g

Internationaler Hilfsfonds

IH Brussels Belgium G f

Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management

ISARM 2000 Delft Netherlands E

INTERSOS

1992 Rome Italy G

IRC

1968 The Hague E

Irrigation Association

IA Falls Church VA USA G

Islamic Aid

London UK N

Islamic Relief Worldwide

IRWW 1984 Birmingham UK F

Islands and Small States Institute, Malta

ISSI 1989 Msida E j

ISSA

1923 Rosemont IL G

IWA Asia Pacific Region Grouping

IWA-ASPIRE London UK E

Japan International Volunteer Centre

JVC 1980 Tokyo Japan G

Jesuit Conference of European Provincials

JCEP Brussels Belgium F

Johanniter International

JOIN Brussels Belgium E

Join For Water

1977 Ghent Belgium G

Joint Committee of IAHR and IAW on Urban Drainage

JCUD 1982 Burlington ON Canada E v

Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

1997 T g

Joint Ministerial Committee of the Boards of Governors of the Bank and the Fund on the Transfer of Real Resources to Developing Countries

Development Committee 1974 Washington DC USA E g

KIMO International

1990 Lerwick UK D

Kitayushu International Techno-cooperative Association

KITA 1980 Kitakyushu Japan G

KTH-International Groundwater Arsenic Research Group

GARG 1999 Stockholm Sweden N

Kuwait Regional Convention for Cooperation on the Protection on the Marine Environment from Pollution

1978 Safat Kuwait T g

Lake Chad Basin Commission

LCBC 1964 Ndjamena E g

LandsAid - Verein für Internationale Humanitäre Hilfe

LandsAid 2014 Kaufering G

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