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Valuing Toilets

Who cares about toilets?...

...3.6 billion people do. Because they don’t have one.*

We should all care more about toilets. If you have one, thank it. Life without a toilet is dirty, dangerous and undignified.  

Public health depends on toilets. Toilets also drive improvements in gender equality, education, economics and the environment.

There will be no sustainable future without toilets. Governments must work four times faster and ensure toilets for all by 2030.


*3.6 billion people do not have access to a safely managed sanitation service (WHO/UNICEF 2021).

9 reasons why

Show you care

Here are nine reasons to thank your toilet. Can you think of more?

World Toilet Day is all about celebrating toilets for everything they do for us – from taking away our waste to protecting our health, safety and dignity.

Billions of people still don’t have a safe toilet. If you’re lucky enough have one, say thanks and give it some love!

Show us how much you care about toilets by joining the #WorldToiletDay conversation on social media.

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What is being done?

2021 State of the World’s Hand Hygiene report
All households in the world’s 46 least developed countries could have handwashing facilities by 2030 if the world invested less than US$1 per person per year, in hand hygiene, according to the 2021 State of the World’s Hand Hygiene report ...
Future proofing agriculture systems
A circular sanitation economy sees faecal waste as a valuable commodity and recovers and safely reuses waste to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. A new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the ...
World Toilet Day 2021
The International Labour Organization (ILO) convened a three-day virtual workshop in October 2021 on decent work for sanitation workers in South Asia. Sanitation workers include those who empty septic pits and tanks, provide transportation of faecal sludge, perform sewer maintenance ...