Thursday, 19 November 2015
Why is it needed?
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
Better sanitation supports better nutrition and improved health
Children and women are most affected
World Toilet Organization was founded on 19 November 2001 and the inaugural World Toilet Summit was held on the same day, the first global summit of its kind.
The need for an international day to draw global attention to the sanitation crisis was recognised – and so the establishment of World Toilet Day.
Non-Government Organisations, the private sector, civil society organisations and the international community joined in to mark the global day.
On July 24, 2013, World Toilet Day on 19 November became an official United Nations day.
Each year UN World Toilet Day calls on the global community to do more to address the sanitation crisis. The theme for 2015 is ‘Sanitation and Nutrition’.