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

Regional Humid Tropics Hydrology and Water Resources Centre for South East Asia and the Pacific

HTC 1997 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean

REMPEITC-Carib 1994 Willemstad E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Response Centre for the Mediterranean Sea

REMPEC 1976 Floriana Malta E g

Regional Model Forest Network - Asia

RMFN-Asia 2010 F

Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements

CITYNET 1987 Seoul F y

Regional Network of Water-Basin - Organizations from Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

NWO EECCA 2010 Tashkent Uzbekistan E

Regional Programme of Action for the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment from Land-based Activities

RPA 1998 Oslo Norway E g

Regional School of Sanitary Engineering and Hydraulic Resources

1965 Guatemala Guatemala E

Regional Water Centre for Arid and Semi-Arid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean

2003 La Serena Chile G g

Regions of Climate Action

R20 2010 Geneva Switzerland C g

Regions4 Sustainable Development

Regions4 2002 Brussels Belgium F

Regulations for Maritime Hunting Operations in the Waters of the South Pacific

1952 T g

Regulatory Assistance Project

RAP 1992 Montpelier VT USA G

Rehydration Project

Kowloon Hong Kong G

Relief International

1990 Los Angeles CA USA G

Renew the Earth


Resolution Relative to Sanitary Police, 1902

1902 T g

Resolution Relative to Sanitary Police, 1906

1906 T g

Resolution Respecting Sanitary Police

1910 T g

Resolutions of the Sanitary Convention

1902 T g


1977 Washington DC G

Right Livelihood Award Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Rights and Humanity

1986 F

ROPME Sea Area Hydrographic Commission

RSAHC 2000 Muscat Oman E g

Rotary International

RI 1905 Evanston IL USA F

Rural Water Supply Network

RWSN St Gallen Switzerland F

Ryan Foundation International

1982 Chennai India G f

Safe Water International

SWI Carpinteria CA USA G

SALEM International

1957 Stadtsteinach Germany G

Samdong International

SDI 2008 Iksan City Korea Rep G

Saneamiento Ecológico en Latinoamérica y el Caribe

ECOSANLAC Quito Ecuador G

Sanitary Convention, 1852

1852 T g

Sanitary Convention, 1903

1903 T g

Sanitary Convention, 1904

1904 T g

Sanitary Convention, 1905

1905 T g

Sanitation and Water for All

SWA 2009 New York NY USA F y

Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement

SSM 1958 Moratuwa Sri Lanka G

Scandinavian Federation of Heating, Ventilating and Sanitary Engineering Associations

SCANVAC 1956 Helsinki Finland F

Scandinavian Green Infrastructure Association

SGIA 2001 Malmö Sweden D

SCI Foundation

2002 London UK J f

Scientific Information Centre of Interstate Coordination Water Commission of Central Asia

SIC ICWC 1993 Tashkent Uzbekistan E g

Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund

SCIAF 1965 Glasgow UK G f

SDG Watch Europe

F y

Secours catholique - Caritas France

1946 Paris France G

Secretaria Ejecutiva del Consejo de Electrificación de América Central

SE-CEAC 1985 San Salvador El Salvador E g

Secretariat of the Convention of Wetlands

1987 Gland Switzerland E g

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

Secretariat of the Stockholm Convention Geneva Switzerland E g

Service d'entraide et de liaison

SEL 1980 Bagneux France G

Servicio Latinoamericano, Africano y Asiatico de Vivienda Popular

SELAVIP 1976 Kraainem Belgium F

Sewa International

1993 New Delhi G