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World Toilet Day 2019

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.

WHAT IS WORLD TOILET DAY?
 
 
World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19th November every year, is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which promises sanitation for all by 2030.
 
Established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001, World Toilet Day was made an official UN day in 2013. UN-Water leads a taskforce of international agencies to campaign around a common theme.
 
 
THEME

Leaving no one behind

A toilet is not just a toilet. It’s a life-saver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker.
 
Whoever you are, wherever you are, sanitation is your human right. And yet, today, 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation.
 
How can anyone lift themselves out of poverty without sanitation? We must expand access to safe toilets and leave no one behind.
 
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.
 
 
KEY FACTS

  • 4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation – more than half the global population.
  • 673 million people still practise open defecation worldwide.
  • Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source contaminated with faeces.
  • Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 432,000 diarrhoeal deaths every year and is a major factor in diseases such as intestinal worms and trachoma.
  • Children under the age of five living in countries affected by protracted conflict are, on average, nearly 20 times more likely to die from diarrhoeal diseases caused by a lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene than by direct violence. (UNICEF 2019)
 
 
 
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