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

Red Interamericana de Vivienda Saludable

Red VIVSALUD 1995 Lima Peru F

Red Latinoamericana Contra Represas y por los Rios, sus Comunidades y el Agua


Red Latinoamericana de Desarrollo de Capacidades para la Gestión Integrada del Agua

LA-WETnet Buenos Aires Argentina F

Red Vigilancia Interamericana para la Defensa y Derecho al Agua

Red VIDA 2003 Cochabamba Bolivia J

ReGeneration 2030

Mariehamn Finland F

Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production

SCP/RAC 1995 Barcelona Spain E g

Regional Agreement on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes

1992 T g

Regional Association of Energy Regulators for Eastern and Southern Africa

RAERESA 2009 Lusaka Zambia E g

Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development

RCMRD 1975 Nairobi Kenya E g

Regional Centre for Training and Water Studies of Arid and Semiarid Zones, Cairo

RCTWS 2002 Cairo Egypt G g

Regional Centre on Urban Water Management

Cali Colombia G g

Regional Centre on Urban Water Management, Teheran

RCUWM 2002 Teheran Iran Islamic Rep E gy

Regional Clean Sea Organization

RECSO 1972 Dubai United Arab Emirates D

Regional Conference on Migration

RCM 1996 San José Costa Rica E g

Regional Electricity Regulators Association of Southern Africa

RERA 2002 Windhoek Namibia E

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

HTC 1996 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia E g

Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre - Wider Caribbean

REMPEITC-Carib 1994 Willemstad Curaçao 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 Korea Rep 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

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


Research Data Alliance

RDA 2013 Didcot UK C

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 USA G

RET International

2000 Geneva Switzerland F

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment

EEIE Milan Italy G j

Right Livelihood Foundation

1980 Enskede Sweden F f

Rights and Humanity

1986 F

River Cleanup

2019 Antwerp Belgium G

ROPME Sea Area Hydrographic Commission

RSAHC 2000 Muscat Oman E g

Rotary International

RI 1905 Evanston IL USA F

Round Table on Responsible Soy Association

RTRS 2006 Zurich Switzerland C

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