A Toilet is not just a Toilet

World Toilet Day at the United Nations

28 November 2019

Photography Marla Mossman, UN Correspondent,Text by Marla Mossman and UN.org
United Nations General Assembly November 19, 2019

Everyone was astonished to see the giant white Toilet balloon stationed in front of the United Nations General Assembly Building.

World Toilet Day is celebrated on 19th November every year. It’s all about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6), which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

Key facts
•    4.2 billion people live without safely managed sanitation – more than half the global population.
•    673 million people still practice open defecation worldwide.
•    Inadequate sanitation is estimated to cause 432,000 diarrheal deaths every year and is a major factor in diseases such as intestinal worms, trachoma and schistosomiasis.
•    Children are some of the worst affected: 297,000 children under five are estimated to die each year from diarrhea as a result of unsafe drinking water, sanitation, and hand hygiene.
•    In The world is off-track: We are at serious risk of missing Sustainable Development Goal 6: to ensure water and sanitation for all by 2030. Funding is falling short, demand is rising, water pollution is worsening and existing governance structures are often weak and fragmented.

Last November in China, philanthropist billionaire Bill Gates spoke about his love of talking about Toilets at the Reinvented Toilet Expo when he unveiled a new chemical toilet.

“There are few things I love talking about more than toilets......We are all here for one reason: because more than half the world's population doesn't have the safe sanitation they need to lead healthy and productive lives,"

Toilets save lives, because human waste spreads killer diseases. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.

Learn More about World Toilet Day:

Read the recent WHO Report on The Health Safety and Dignity of Sanitation Workers