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

Shelter for Life

SFL 1979 Maple Grove MN USA G

Sightsavers International

1950 Chippenham F

Sistema Iberoamericano de Información sobre el Agua

SIAGUA 2001 F

Smart Water Networks Forum

SWAN Weybridge UK F c

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Contaminación y Toxicologgia Ambientales

SICTA 2001 J

Sociedad Iberoamericana de Fisica y Quimica Ambiental

SiFyQA 2005 Salamanca Spain D

Society for Freshwater Science

SFS 1953 Logan UT USA G

Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Europe

SETAC Europe 1989 Brussels Belgium E

Soil and Water Conservation Society

SWCS 1943 Ankeny IA USA G

Solar Cookers International

SCI 1987 Sacramento CA USA F

SOLIDARIDAD Network

1969 Utrecht Netherlands F

Solidarités International

1991 Paris France G v

Solidarity Water Europe

SWE 1998 Strasbourg France G

Soroptimist International of Europe

SI/E 1928 Geneva E

SOS Chrétiens d'Orient

2013 Boulogne-Billancourt G f

South Asia Democratic Forum

SADF 2011 Brussels Belgium F

South Asia Forum for Infrastructure Regulation

SAFIR 1999 Delhi India F

South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

SAHRDC 1990 Delhi India E v

South East Asia Regional Network for Capacity Building in IWRM

AguaJaring Jakarta Indonesia F

South East Asian Water Utilities Network

SEAWUN 2002 Hanoi Vietnam F

South East Pacific Hydrographic Commission

SEPHC 1991 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

South West Atlantic Hydrographic Commission

SWAtHC 2006 Niterói Brazil K g

South West Pacific Hydrographic Commission

SWPHC 1993 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

South West Waters Advisory Council

SWWAC 2007 Lorient France E

Southern Africa Regional Irrigation Association

SARIA 2000 Pretoria South Africa G

Southern African and Islands Hydrographic Commission

SAIHC 1996 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Southern African Development Community

SADC 1992 Gaborone Botswana F g

Southern African Society of Aquatic Scientists

SASAqS 1963 Potchefstroom South Africa N

Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD 2007 Cape Town South Africa E

Southern and Eastern Africa Rainwater Network

SearNet 2003 F

Special Emergency Assistance Fund for Drought and Famine in Africa

SEAF 1984 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire F fg

SPMUDA International Organization for Peace and Development

SPMUDA International Dumaguete City Philippines G

Standing Committee to the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

1982 Strasbourg France E gy

Starlight Foundation

2007 La Laguna Spain G f

Sterile Barrier Association

SBA 1992 Bridgwater D

Stichting Gered Gereedschap

1982 Amsterdam Netherlands G f

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants

POP treaty 2001 T g

Stockholm International Water Institute

SIWI 1997 Stockholm Sweden G j

Supplementary Convention Amending the Convention Concerning the Tenure and Disposal of Real and Personal Property

1936 T g

SurfAid international

SAI 2000 Avalon NSW Australia F

Susila Dharma International Association

SDIA 1983 Québec QC Canada E y

Sustainable Hospitality Alliance

1992 London UK F

Sustainable Mekong Research Network

SUMERNET 2005 Bangkok Thailand F

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance

SuSanA 2007 Bonn Germany F y

Swiss Foundation for Mine Action

Geneva Switzerland G f

Temporary Agreement for the Regulation of the Fisheries in Waters Contiguous to the Northern Coasts of the Territory of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics

1930 T g

TerraGraphics International Foundation

TIFO 2012 Moscow ID USA G f

The Butterfly Effect

BE 2010 Montréal QC Canada F y

The European Plastic Pipes and Fittings Association

TEPPFA 1992 Brussels Belgium D

The Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

GBI 2009 Eastbourne UK F

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