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World Toilet Day

19/11/2019

The history of World Toilet day is one that can be traced all the way back to November 19th, 2001. This is not only the date when the World Toilet Organization (WTO) was created but is also the day when the first official World Toilet Summit was held. This summit was held in cities all over the world. Some of the cities which participated include Solo, Singapore, Moscow, Philadelphia, Beijing, Macau, Seoul and New Delhi. The WTO has held 15 successful summits since that original summit and over 11,000 people have attended them. The World Toilet Organization provides a global platform for organizations all over the world to exchange information and to take advantage of corporate support to promote clean sanitation and public health policies. Some of the organizations involved include governments all over the world, academic institutions, United Nations and toilet associations. Recognizing the need to find ways to improve water sanitation and to increase access to improved sanitation facilities, the United Nations passed U.N. Resolution A/67/L.75 that established November 19th as World Toilet Day. The purpose of this observance day is to draw the world’s attention to sanitation issues all over the world and to educate the public on the effects this lack of sanitation has on not only the people in these areas but also the effects it has on the community at large and the world. In 2016, it was estimated that 2.5 billion people – or about 1 person out of 3 in the world – lack access to proper sanitation facilities and about half of that number, or almost 1 billion people, have to defecate in the open. Like the right to clean water and food, sanitation is a basic human right. Not having enough access to proper sanitation facilities has a major impact on not only the dignity of people but also on their health and safety. Theme 2019 – Leaving No One Behind The 4.2 billion people in the world living without safely managed sanitation services often face many forms of discrimination. They can be left behind as they try to access and manage sanitation services or improve their current facilities. Sustainable Development Goal 6 has a target to eliminate open defecation and ensure everyone has access to sustainable sanitation services by 2030, “paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations”. World Toilet Day 2019 is drawing attention to those people being left behind without sanitation and the social, economic and environmental consequences of inaction. A toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker. We must expand access to safe toilets and leave no one behind. Because whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right. Events in India 1.) Neela Jahan Toilet Choupal For ODF – Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India 2.) Who We are - Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India 3.) Toilets for all Campaign in Rural areas - Guna, Madhya Pradesh, India 4.) Change lives. Use toilets - Pune, Maharashtra, India

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