The Water for Life and Peace programme aims to promote human rights, peace and development, and to have a concrete and immediate impact on communities, by working across three main areas: Right to Water and Sanitation, the legal frameworks of shared water resources (such as the United Nations Watercourses Convention), and the Smart Water for Green Schools project.


Today close to 850 million have no access to safe-drinking water, and 2.4 billion lack basic sanitation services. Water shortages and pollution cause major public health problems, curb development and harm ecosystems. A child dies every 20 seconds from water-related illness.

Green Cross addresses the lack of access to water and sanitation through advocacy, education, and practical projects around the world. We work with a wide range of partners to achieve this.

Find out about our water partners

Our water programme works on three key areas to provide access for communities in need with sustainable safe water and hygiene; share water sources, like cross-border rivers; and advocate for governments to ensure their citizens obtain this most precious of resources.

You can read more about each project below:

Smart Water for Green Schools

Water for Peace

Right to Water and Sanitation