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

Lake Chad Basin Commission

LCBC 1964 Ndjamena E g

LandsAid - Verein für Internationale Humanitäre Hilfe

LandsAid 2014 Kaufering G


Castelldefels Spain E

Latin American Association for Groundwater Hydrology Development

Montevideo Uruguay D

Latin American Bottled Water Association

LABWA Guatemala Guatemala D

Latin American Solidarity Group of Norway

1977 Oslo Norway N

Latin American Water Education and Training Network

LA-WETNET 2002 Buenos Aires Argentina F

LEDS Global Partnership

LEDS GP 2011 F y

Lien AID

2006 Singapore Singapore N

Life for Relief and Development

1992 Southfield MI USA G

Lifewater International

1978 Bentonville AR USA G

Lighting Urban Community International

LUCI 2002 Lyon F


2012 Brussels Belgium D


2004 Colombo Sri Lanka D

Live Working Association

LWA Poznań Poland D

Living Water International

1991 Houston TX USA G

Living Waters for the World

Spring Hill TN USA G

Long-term Infrastructure Investors Association

LTIIA 2014 Paris C

Low Carbon Asia Research Network

LoCARNet 2012 Hayama Japan F

Low Carbon Technology Partnerships Initiative

LCTPi Geneva E

Lutheran World Relief

LWR 1945 Baltimore MD USA G


Berlin Germany D

Lux Pacifica - Association of Lighting Societies

Lux Pacifica Tokyo C

Maat for Peace, Development, and Human Rights

2005 Cairo Egypt G

Maghreb-Mashreq Alliance for Water

1993 Casablanca Morocco D

Maison du Peuple d'Europe

MPEVH 2014 Brussels G

Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre

MEMAC 1982 Manama E g

MED POL - Programme for the Assessment and Control of Marine Pollution in the Mediterranean

MED POL 1975 Athens Greece E g


1988 Ecublens Switzerland G


1992 Paris La Défense France F y

Mediterranean Action Plan

MAP 1975 Athens Greece F g

Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari

Bari MAI 1962 Valenzano Italy E j

Mediterranean and Black Seas Hydrographic Commission

MBSHC 1978 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development

MIO-ECSDE 1990 Athens Greece F y

Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations

MENBO 2002 Valencia Spain E

Mediterranean Network of Water Training Centers

AquaForMed 2012 Paris F

Mediterranean Oil Industry Group

MOIG 1992 Tunis F t

Mediterranean Trust Fund

MTF 1979 Athens Greece E fg

Mediterranean Water Charter

1992 T g

Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate


Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Conservation Measures for the Aquatic Warbler

2003 Bonn Germany T g

Mercy Airlift International

1968 Los Angeles CA USA G

Mercy Without Limits

MWL 2012 Overland Park KS G

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development

MUSA 1986 Plymouth MI USA G

Meso-American-Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission

MACHC 1994 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Middle East Desalination Research Centre

MEDRC 1996 Muscat Oman E

Middle East Lighting Association

MELA 2012 Valletta Malta D

Millennium Water Alliance

MWA 2003 Washington DC G y

Mission d'aide au développement des économies rurales afghanes

MADERA 1988 Paris France E

Mission East

1991 Hellerup Denmark G