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

European Drinking Water Cooler Association

EDWCA 2001 Saunderton UK G

European Engine Power Plants Association

EUGINE Frankfurt-Main Germany G

European Federation for Freshwater Sciences

EFFS 2005 D

European Federation of Bottled Waters

EFBW Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Clean Air and Environmental Protection Associations

EFCA 1996 Pfinztal Germany D y

European Federation of Local Energy Companies

CEDEC 1992 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of National Associations of Water and Waste Water Services

1975 Brussels Belgium D

European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services

1981 Brussels Belgium D

European Greenways Association

EGWA 1998 Madrid Madrid Spain D

European Group for Rooflights and Smoke-Ventilation

EUROLUX 1990 Brussels Belgium F

European High Temperature Reactor Technology Network

HTR-TN 2000 Brussels Belgium F

European Hygienic Engineering Design Group

EHEDG 1989 Frankfurt-Main Germany E

European Infrastructure for Translational Medicine

EATRIS 2013 Amsterdam Netherlands D

European Institute of Research on Water Policy

2007 Brussels Belgium F j

European Irrigation Association

EIA 1991 Brussels Belgium D

European Lighting Clusters Alliance

ELCA 2011 Lyon France N

European Litter Prevention Association

ELPA Brussels Belgium D

European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory

EMSO Rome RM Italy E

European Network of Experimental and Representative Basins

ERB 1986 Liptovsky Mikulas Slovakia F

European Network of Freshwater Research Organisations

EurAqua 1993 Helsinki Finland D

European Noise Barrier Federation

ENBF 2009 Brussels Belgium D

European Pesticide Residue Workshop

EPRW S c

European Plant Science Organization

EPSO 2000 Brussels Belgium D y

European PPP Operating Companies in Infrastructure and Services

E3PO 2008 Brussels Belgium D y

European Rail Infrastructure Managers

EIM 2001 Brussels Belgium D y

European Recycling Platform

ERP 2002 Cernusco sul Naviglio MI Italy F

European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Lodz

ERCE PAS 2006 Lódz Poland E g

European Society for Literature, Science and the Arts

SLSAeu Basel BS Switzerland D

European Society for Sonochemistry

ESS 1990 Milan MI Italy D

European Suppliers of Waste to Energy Technology

ESWET 2004 Brussels Belgium D

European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants

ZEP 2005 Brussels Belgium F

European Transport Workers' Federation

ETF 1958 Brussels Belgium E

European Underwater Federation

EUF Faverges France D

European Union for Responsible Incineration and Treatment of Special Waste

EURITS 1993 Mechelen Belgium D

European Union of Water Management Associations

EUWMA 1996 The Hague Netherlands D

European Utilities Telecom Council

EUTC Brussels Belgium E

European Ventilation Hygiene Association

EVHA 1999 Ware UK D

European Virtual Institute for Speciation Analysis

EVISA L'Etang-Vergy France D j

European Waste-to-Advanced Biofuels Association

EWABA J

European Water and Wastewater Industry Association

Aqua Europa 1977 Brussels Belgium D

European Water Association

EWA Hennef Germany D

European Water Jetting Institute

EWJI 2013 Leganés Madrid Spain D

European Water Partnership

EWP 2006 Brussels Belgium F y

European Water Resources Association

EWRA Athens Greece D

European Water Treatment Association

EWTA Brussels Belgium D

European Wireless Infrastructure Association

EWIA Brussels Belgium J

European Working Group on Acoustic Emission

EWGAE 1972 Warsaw Poland D c

European X-ray Spectrometry Association

EXSA 2004 Budapest Hungary D

Euroshore International

1998 Brussels Belgium D

EuroSpill Association

2004 Petersfield UK E y

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