By Drain Doctor on 18/11/2015

Now that it is just a day away, the Drain Doctor team thought we would draw your attention to World Toilet Day. It seeks to highlight the plight of people in deprived regions around the world who do not have access to adequate sanitary facilities.

The 2015 goal to halve the proportion of people living without sanitation is running 150 years behind schedule. One billion (15 per cent of the world population) still practice open defecation.

The 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. It recognised the need for an international day to draw global attention to the sanitation crisis – and therefore established World Toilet Day. Non-governmental organisations, the private sector, civil society organisations and the international community joined in to mark the global day.

In 2013, a joint initiative between the government of Singapore and the World Toilet Organization led to Singapore’s first UN resolution, entitled “Sanitation for All”, calling for collective action to address the global sanitation crisis through the commemoration of World Toilet Day. The resolution was co-sponsored and adopted by 122 countries at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

On July 24, 2013, World Toilet Day on 19 November became an official UN day.
Each year UN World Toilet Day calls on the global community to do more to address the sanitationcrisis. The theme for 2015 is ‘Sanitation and Nutrition’.

World Toilet Day is THE day for action. It is the day to raise awareness about all the people who do not have access to a toilet and the urgent need to end the sanitation crisis. And it is the day to stand up (or sit down or squat if you prefer) to do something about it.