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This is not just a toilet

It's a life-saver

It's a dignity protector

It's an opportunity maker

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This World Toilet Day, play your part in ensuring universal access to safe toilets by 2030.


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What is World Toilet Day?

World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19th November every year, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

Established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001, World Toilet Day was made an official UN day in 2013. UN-Water leads a taskforce of international agencies to campaign around a common theme.

The ultimate aim of World Toilet Day is to ensure everyone has access to sustainable sanitation by 2030, as part of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Theme: Leaving no one behind

A toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right. And yet, today, 4.2 billion people live without a safe place to go to the toilet.

How can you lift yourself out of poverty without sanitation? We must build more toilets. We must leave no one behind. Toilets for all by 2030.

Learn more about this years theme: leaving no one behind.


4.2 billion people live without a safe toilet. That’s more half the global population.

673 million people still practice open defecation worldwide.

Some 297 000 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhoea linked to poor sanitation and unsafe water.

Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.

Do you take your toilet for granted?

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