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Did you know that the small but mighty toilet – often overlooked or shrouded in taboo – is fundamental to the health of people and the planet?

How do toilets, connected to effective sanitation systems, capture and dispose of human waste, and protect communities from the spread of disease and the environment against contamination?

Why are 3.5 billion people still living without safely managed sanitation services?

How does this ongoing sanitation crisis undermine efforts on all major global issues?

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What is the Water Action Agenda?

With just seven years left, the world has to work, on average, five times faster to meet the sanitation target of SDG 6 – safe toilets and water for all by 2030 – on time.

The Water Action Agenda, announced at the UN 2023 Water Conference in March, is a collection of existing and new commitments from governments, companies, organizations, institutions and coalitions to make rapid change on sanitation and water.

Accountability is key to acceleration. What we need now is for everyone to rapidly deliver on their promises.



What is your government doing to ensure more people have access to safe toilets? What action is being taken by your local water and sanitation service providers? What are companies in your country doing to improve sanitation?

Check out the Water Action Agenda to see what’s being promised where you live.

Post on social media – #WorldToiletDay – to share what you find or what you want to see.

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The SDG 6 Synthesis Report 2023 is a blueprint for accelerating progress on SDG 6 and other internationally agreed water and sanitation related goals and targets.

Following the UN 2023 Water Conference – the first of its kind in nearly 50 years – this report makes policy recommendations based on the Water Action Agenda, the collection of voluntary commitments from governments and other actors to accelerating progress on sanitation and water.

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Wastewater management workers
In this article written for World Toilet Day, the International Labour Organization (ILO) delves into the data to gain a better understanding of the workforce involved in wastewater management, shining a light on employment in the water collection, treatment and ...
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The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, together with the co-sponsors, invites youth (aged between 18 to 24) to produce a video (2-5 minutes) or any other digital content, in English, French or ...
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The hummingbird is the symbol of this year’s World Toilet Day and World Water Day because of an ancient story. In the old tale, originally told by the Quechua people in Peru, a forest fire breaks out. All the animals ...

Coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), AquaFed – the International Federation of Private Water Operators, and the World Youth Parliament for Water for World Water Day; and, by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for World Toilet Day.


The Task Force consists of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), CDP Worldwide, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Green Climate Fund, Global Water Partnership (GWP), Human Right 2 Water, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Association forHydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), International Labour Organization (ILO), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Public Services International (PSI), Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), Toilet Board Coalition, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Global Compact, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Women for Water Partnership (WfWP), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).