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

Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities

DARIAH-EU 2014 Berlin Germany F

Don Bosco Network

DBN Rome Italy F y

E3G - Third Generation Environmentalism

2004 London UK G

Earth Child Institute


Earth Commission

2019 Stockholm Sweden E

Earth Law Center

2008 New York NY USA G

Earth Rights Institute

ERI 2001 Santa Monica CA USA G j




EA 1992 Amherst MA USA F y


1971 San Francisco CA USA G f

Earthlife Africa

ELA 1988 Dalbridge South Africa G v

East Asia and Pacific Infrastructure Regulatory Forum

EAPIRF 2003 Delhi India F

East Asia Hydrographic Commission

EAHC 1971 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Eastern Africa Coalition on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

EACOR Nairobi Kenya G

Eastern Atlantic Hydrographic Commission

EAtHC 1984 Monte Carlo Monaco K g

Eau Sans Frontières Internationale

1978 Paris France G

Eau vive

1978 Montreuil France G

Eau, agriculture et santé en milieu tropical

EAST 1983 Paris France G

ECLOF International

1946 Geneva Switzerland F f

ECO Science Foundation

ECOSF 2011 Islamabad Pakistan E fg


2012 Doha Qatar F

Economy for the Common Good

ECG Hamburg Germany C - European Sustainable Business Federation

2016 Brussels Belgium D

ECOWAS Regional Electricity Regulatory Authority

ERERA 2008 Accra Ghana E g

EGI Foundation 2010 Amsterdam Netherlands F fy

EIB Institute

2012 Luxembourg Luxembourg E gj

Emmaus International

1971 Montreuil France E

Empowers Africa

New York NY USA G

End Water Poverty

EWP 2007 London UK F y

Energy 4 Impact

2002 London UK F

Energy and Resources Institute

TERI 1974 Delhi India G j

Energy Council of the Americas


Energy Regulators Association of East Africa

EREA 2008 Arusha Tanzania UR D

Energy Technologies Europe

2001 Brussels Belgium D

Engineers Without Borders International

EWB International 2002 Denver CO USA F

Enraíza Derechos

1985 Madrid Spain G v

Entomological Society of Southern Africa

ESSA 1937 Hatfield South Africa F

Envirofit International

2003 Fort Collins CO USA N

Environmental Foundation for Africa

EFA Freetown Sierra Leone G f

Environmental Peacebuilding Association

EnPAx 2018 Washington DC USA C y


Fann-Dakar Senegal J

Episcopal Relief and Development

1940 New York NY USA G f

ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee

TC 1968 Macau Macau E g


2008 Brussels Belgium D

eu can aid

ECA 1968 Brussels Belgium F

EU-ASEAN Business Council

EU-ABC 2011 Singapore Singapore E


Zaventem Belgium D

Euro-Mediterranean Information System on Know-how in the Water Sector

EMWIS 1997 Sophia Antipolis France F g

Euro-Mediterranean Irrigators Community

EIC 2002 Madrid Spain F


1986 Brussels Belgium F