World Toilet Day 2018

When nature calls…

…we need a toilet. But billions of people don’t have one.

This means human faeces, on a massive scale, is not being captured or treated – contaminating the water and soil that sustain human life.

We are turning our environment into an open sewer.

We must build toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems.

World Toilet Day is about nature-based solutions to our sanitation needs.

When nature calls we have to listen and act.

What is World Toilet Day?


World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19th November, is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water.

When nature calls, take action!

Wherever you are, and whatever you do on November 19th, make it all about toilets.

Get informed

Get inspired

Discover more about vital work going on around the world to improve access to good sanitation.

Talk toilets

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Download materials to help get your campaign off the ground.

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Here’s a selection of stories about how nature can provide solutions to many of our sanitation needs.

Here’s how I think it works: toilets

Podcast from 'Here's How I Think It Works' highlights the upcoming World Toilet Day by talking toilets to Mr Carlos Carrion Crespo of the International Labor Organization (ILO). The episod addresses the global water crisis and public sanitation projects, and what the...

World Toilet Day Webinar – WHO Guidelines on Sanitation and Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently developed and launched its first comprehensive guidelines on sanitation and health, filling a critical gap in authoritative health-based guidance on sanitation. The new guidelines summarize the evidence on the effectiveness...

Guide on female-friendly toilets

A new guide on female-friendly toilets developed by WaterAid, WSUP and Unicef, was published in October 2018. It is designed primarily for use by local authorities in towns and cities who are in charge of public and community toilets. The guide explains why toilets...

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