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


1996 Benin City Nigeria F

One Day's Wages

ODW 2009 Seattle WA USA N

One Drop

2007 Montréal QC Canada G

One Percent for Development Fund

1% for Development Fund 1976 Geneva Switzerland F f

OneWorld South Asia

OWSA 1999 Delhi India K

OpenStreetMap Foundation

2006 Cambridge UK F f

Organisation internationale pour la réduction des catastrophes

OIRC 1991 Kinshasa Congo DR G

Organisation Mondiale des Experts

OMEX Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire J

Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators

OOCUR 2002 Georgetown Guyana D g

Organisation pour la mise en valeur du fleuve Gambie

OMVG 1978 Dakar Senegal D g

Organization for Poverty Alleviation and Development

OPAD Stockholm Sweden G

OSGP Alliance

2006 Groningen Netherlands C

Outreach Aid To The Americas

OAA 1994 Miami FL USA N

Outreach International

1979 Kansas City MO USA G

Overseas Development Institute

ODI 1960 London UK G j

Oxfam Australia

1953 Carlton VIC Australia G f

Oxfam GB

1942 Oxford UK G

Pacific Community

SPC 1947 Nouméa New Caledonia D g

Pacific Islands Development Forum

PIDF 2012 Suva Fiji F g

Pacific Science Association

PSA 1920 Honolulu HI USA C

Pacific Water Association

PWA Apia Samoa G

Pan American Sanitary Bureau

PASB 1902 Washington DC USA E g

Pan American Sanitary Code

1924 T g

Pan American Surf Association

PASA 1992 Lima Peru D

Pan-European Infrastructure for Ocean and Marine Data Management

SeaDataNet Plouzané France E

Particles in Europe

PiE 2008 S c

Partnership for African Social and Governance Research

PASGR 2011 Nairobi Kenya F

Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

PCFV 2002 Nairobi Kenya E y

Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport Foundation

SLoCaT Foundation 2014 Sint-Jans-Molenbeek Belgium F fy

Peace and Life Enhancement Initiative International

PLEII 2009 Ijebu-Ode Nigeria G

People in Need

PIN 1992 Prague Czechia G

PepsiCo Foundation

Purchase NY USA G f

Permanent Joint Technical Commission for Nile Waters

PJTC 1960 Giza Egypt E g

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa

1967 T g

Phyto-sanitary Convention for Africa South of the Sahara

1954 T g


1894 Brussels Belgium B y

Plan International

1937 Woking UK F

Planet Water

Scottsdale AZ USA J

Plastic Change

Hellerup Denmark G

Plastic Pollution Coalition

2009 Washington DC USA J

Plastic Soup Foundation

PSF Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Plumbing Manufacturers International

PMI 1954 McLean VA USA G

Polish Humanitarian Action

PAH 1992 Warsaw Poland G

Population and Development International

PDI 1983 Kailua HI USA G

Portable Sanitation Association International

PSAI 1971 Bloomington MN USA G

Portable Sanitation Europe

PSE 2000 Sutton Coldfield UK G

Powering Past Coal Alliance

PPCA London UK C g

PRACTICA Foundation

2001 Papendrecht Netherlands G f

Preferred by Nature

1994 Copenhagen Denmark F

Première Urgence Internationale

1979 Asnières-sur-Seine France G