November 19th - World Toilet Day
Did you know that 1 in 3 people on this planet still don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet? 1,000 children die each day due to poor sanitation and better sanitation supports better nutrition and improved health, especially for women and children.
On July 24, 2013 the United Nations declared November 19th as World Toilet Day to bring about awareness to the need of sanitation improvments on a global scale. In 2013, a joint initiative between the Government of Singapore and World Toilet Organization led to Singapore’s first UN resolution, entitled “Sanitation for All”, calling for collective action to address the global sanitation crisis through the commemoration of World Toilet Day. The resolution was co-sponsored and adopted by 122 countries at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
When World Toilet Organization was founded in 2001, the subject of sanitation received little media attention and it was severely neglected on the global development agenda. Sanitation has become more of a priority for world leaders in the 14 years since World Toilet Organization was founded, however the current level of prioritization is still far from what is needed, given the scale and impact of the sanitation crisis. It’s time for toilets to be treated as an urgent global priority.
Visit worldtoilet.org today to learn more about this cause and to find out what you can do to help!