What is World Toilet Day?
World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.
The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include a target to ensure everyone has access to a safely-managed household toilet by 2030. This makes sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty.
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated November 19 as World Toilet Day. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners.
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Here’s a selection of great stories all about human waste and what we need to do with it!
- World Toilet Day event at UN21 November 2017As part of the ongoing efforts to make sanitation for all a global development priority, the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the UN, together with UN-Water, UNICEF, UN Foundation and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) organised a lunch-time panel event at the Headquarters of the United Nations, in relation to the World Toilet Day. “Regardless...
- Photos story from Mozambique21 November 2017Ever wonder where our poo goes? Safely managed sanitation keeps children healthy, prevents the spread of disease and allows them to live with dignity. Today, 4.5 billion people around the world don’t use safe sanitation. Without toilets and sanitation systems, human waste contaminates the environment in which children live, the water they drink and the...
- Asking the experts19 November 2017More than 80% of global wastewater is released into the environment without treatment, but far from being something to dispose of, wastewater has huge potential as a valuable resource. Microbiology could play a transformative role in the sustainable reuse and treatment of wastewater. To find out more, the Federation of European Microbiological Societies asked an expert...
- Toilet heroes19 November 2017“On World Toilet Day, it’s crucial to acknowledge the importance of toilets, but also those who help people … manage their challenging sanitation circumstances. We call them toilet heroes. Without them many more children would run an even greater risk of poor health. The job of maintaining safe toilets for the poor is not popular,...
- Addressing childhood stunting18 November 2017Through the story of Samira who is born in Niger, this World Bank video explores how at one and a half years old, her growth is stunted by 4 main factors outside of her control including: food insecurity, inadequate care and feeding practices, low access to health care, and finally poor water supply, sanitation and...
- The 60 sensitization tools18 November 2017As World Toilet Day is fast approaching November 19th 2017, teachers, students and children around the world are invited to celebrate this momentous day with pS Eau through fun and exciting web games, and interactive online tools that all center around this year’s theme: wastewater. Explore the pS-Eau tools available online, in the free database....
- No laughing matter17 November 2017In order to shed light on the importance of World Toilet Day, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs interviewed Kate Medlicott, Technical Officer at Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Health at the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO being one of the coordinators for this year’s World Toilet Day campaign, on behalf of UN-Water. In her...
- Free online library17 November 2017As World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, IWA Publishing have decided to contribute by compiling a collection of recent relevant papers that will all be free to access from 13th November – 1st December. The 10 featured papers range from considering sanitation technology in the Hellenic era to the...
- Sanitation is a human right17 November 2017On the World Toilet Day, the Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, remind us that sanitation is a human right. “The human right to sanitation entitles everyone, without discrimination, to have physical and affordable access to sanitation, in all spheres of life, that is safe, hygienic, secure, socially and...
- Meet Patrick’s Poo17 November 2017In this short comical yet thought provoking clip, Patrick’s Poo explains to us that every minute a child dies of diarrhea, while overall 4.5 billion people live without safe sanitation- this figure being over half the world’s population. He probes at the need to talk less about toilets, and more about systems to deal with...
- Boosting global health17 November 2017In many places around the world, rural and urban populations have to use toilets that aren’t connected to mains sewers. For millions of people, non-sewered systems are the only option and with waterborne diseases posing major risks to human health, it’s important to get it right. That’s where an upcoming Draft International Standard comes in....
- Let’s reinvent the toilet17 November 2017As a large proportion of the worlds population lack access to a flush toilet, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sees the need to re-invent the toilet. This video introduces a way of dealing with waste onsite, without transportation of waste from the site it is produced to another through the introduction of a system...
- Out of order17 November 2017Out of Order is a multimedia exhibition exploring the impact that a lack of decent, private toilets has on a third of women across the globe. Led by a group of female artists, illustrators and singers from the UK and Sierra Leone, the exhibition is in collaboration with international development charity WaterAid, and explores the issues faced...
- Not all toilets look the same16 November 2017In this video, the World Bank explores how sanitation is critical and central to public health and to the dignity and wellbeing of all citizens. The video explains the different facet of the sanitation service chains, from partnerships within cities to deliver these services, to the accessing of these services in a sustainable way, ultimately...
Wherever you are on World Toilet Day, make it about toilets.
- Where you go matters
892 million people worldwide still practice open defecation. Let’s end open defecation. Print and share the poster in your area.
- Get together for toilets
Upload your event to the world map and be part of the global community taking action.
- Where does your poo go?
Everybody poos, but not everybody knows what happens to that poo.
Learn more about the distinctly unglamorous yet essential 4-step journey we need the world’s waste to take.
- Push the issue
Use your office noticeboard and your online profiles – download all the free World Toilet Day posters, logos and memes to help get the message out.
- Clean India Mission
The Government of India is aiming to eliminate open defecation by 2019 through the construction of toilets across the nation. Learn more about this incredible movement.
- Get flushed with creativity
Express your love and admiration for toilets through art and show the world that sanitation is your muse.
- Raise a GLAAS!
Enjoy the new findings from WHO/UN-Water in the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-water (GLAAS).
- Learn about toilets
Change starts with knowledge. Read some of the great content we’ve gathered on toilets, human waste and what we need to do with it!
- ‘Our Hands, Our Future!’
Handwashing protects our own health, but also allows us to build our own futures, as well as those of our communities, and the world. Join Global Handwashing Day 2017.
- Run for the toilet
Join the Global Urgent Run for sanitation organized by the World Toilet Organization.
- Knowledge is power
Open your eyes to the latest facts and figures on the state of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene around the world.
- Don’t feed Freddy the fly!
Enjoy this animation and poem, all about a community’s journey to stop open defecation in their village.