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


2008 Overijse Belgium F

West African Women's Association

WAWA 1984 Dakar Senegal E

Wetlands International

1995 Wageningen Netherlands B

Wherever the Need

WTN 1997 Bath UK G

WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

EMRO 1948 Cairo Cairo Egypt E g

WMO Hydrology and Water Resources Programme

HWRP Geneva GE Switzerland F g

WMO Resource Mobilization Office

RMO Geneva GE Switzerland K g

Women First International Fund

1969 F f

Women for Water Partnership

WfWfP 2004 The Hague Netherlands F

Women's International Network of Utility Professionals

WINUP 1923 Grove City OH USA N

Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF 1991 Geneva GE Switzerland F f

World Alliance for Clean Technologies

Lausanne VD Switzerland J

World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities

WALCC Beijing Beijing China J

World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association

WAVMA 2007 Bartlett IL USA D

World Association of Soil and Water Conservation

WASWAC 1983 Beijing Beijing China B

World Association of Veterinary Food Hygienists

WAVFH 1955 Berlin Germany C

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WBCSD 1995 Geneva GE Switzerland C

World Concern International

1955 Seattle WA USA F

World Council for Renewable Energy

WCRE 2001 Dessau Germany C

World Council of Power Utilities

WCPU 1995 Delhi Delhi India D

World Emergency Relief

WER 1985 San Dimas CA USA G

World EOD Foundation

Watford UK F f

World Evangelical Alliance Sustainability Center

WEA Sustainability Center 2018 Bonn Germany G

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

WFEO 1968 Paris France A y

World Federation of United Nations Associations

WFUNA 1946 New York NY USA E

World Green Infrastructure Network

WGIN 2008 Toronto ON Canada F

World Health Organization

WHO 1946 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Hydrological Cycle Observing System

WHYCOS 1993 Geneva GE Switzerland F g

World Meteorological Organization

WMO 1947 Geneva GE Switzerland B g

World Organization of the Scout Movement

WOSM 1907 B

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies

WOCAT 1992 Bern BE Switzerland K

World Smart Capital Initiative


World Water Assessment Programme

WWAP Paris France E g

World Water Council

WWC 1996 Marseille France C y

World Water Institute

AAI Pune Maharashtra India G j

World Wide Fund for Nature

WWF 1961 F f

World Wind Energy Association

WWEA 2001 Bonn Germany C y

World Youth Parliament for Water

WYPW 1998 Montréal QC Canada E


2011 Brussels Belgium G

WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

SPS agreement 1993 T g

Zero Emissions Research Initiatives

ZERI 1994 Kamakura Kanagawa Japan E f

Zero Waste International Alliance

ZWIA 2003 J

Zero Waste MENA

ZW MENA 2013 Cambridge UK J


1973 Apeldoorn Netherlands G