World Toilet Day - 19 November.

Every year on November 19th, the world celebrates World Toilet Day. It’s not a day to use bathroom humor and is no laughing matter. The goal of this day is to tackle the global sanitation crisis and draw attention to those without sanitation.

Human waste spreads deadly diseases. Toilets may seem like a mere convenience, but they save lives. Toilets provide sanitation, which is a human right. It’s nearly impossible to get out of poverty without sanitation.

One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to provide sanitation for all by 2030. Today, 4.2 billion people throughout the world don’t have access to safely managed sanitation. This is more than half the global population. At least 2 billion people use drinking water that’s contaminated with human feces. An estimated 432,000 diarrheal deaths occur each year because of inadequate sanitation. About 670 million people around the world are forced to practice open defecation. Not only do toilets provide cleanliness, but they also help individuals maintain their dignity.

The lack of toilets and a sanitation system makes some cities unlivable. This includes Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. The city contains very few public restrooms. Most of them don’t work or are unusable. On this awareness day, many toilet-making companies try to come up with solutions for cities like Dhaka to solve their sanitation problems. A Swedish company called Separett is working on a waterless toilet solution to help people all over the world. Thanks to awareness spread by World Toilet Day, villages like Majhi in Nepal, no longer have to resort to open defecation in fields and ponds around their home.

The World Toilet Organization was founded on November 19th, 2001. They held their first World Toilet Summit that same day. During the summit, they established World Toilet Day. Their goal was to break the silence on the worldwide sanitation crisis. On July 24, 2013, the UN adopted a resolution called “Sanitation for All.” The UN encouraged Member States to implement policies to increase access to sanitation for the poor. The resolution also called for an end to open defecation. World Toilet Day was formally recognized as a UN day in 2013.

World Toilet Day 2022 Theme: Groundwater and sanitation – making the invisible visible.

World Toilet Day 2022 focuses on the impact of the sanitation crisis on groundwater.

It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: sanitation and water for all by 2030.

The 2022 campaign ‘Making the invisible visible’ explores how inadequate sanitation systems spread human waste into rivers, lakes and soil, polluting underground water resources.

Source: https://nationaldaycalendar.com


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