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World Toilet Day Observance

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World Toilet Day observed today is to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis – a topic often neglected and shrouded in taboos. Today, 2.4 billion people are struggling to stay well, keep their children alive and work their way to a better future – all for the want of a toilet.
Sanitation is a global development priority. This is why the United Nations General Assembly in 2013 designated 19 November as World Toilet Day. This day had previously been marked by international and civil society organizations all over the world but was not formally recognized as an official UN day until 2013. World Toilet Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders.
By 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals aim to reach everyone with sanitation, and halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase recycling and safe reuse. For that to be achieved, we need everyone’s waste to be contained, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way. Today, for billions of people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or ineffective. Human waste gets out and killer diseases spread, meaning progress in health and child survival is seriously undermined.
World Toilet Day observed today is a day to take action. It is a day to raise awareness about all people who do not have access to a toilet – despite the human right to water and sanitation.We need a toilet. But billions of people don’t have one.This means human faeces, on a massive scale, is not being captured or treated – contaminating the water and soil that sustain human life.We are turning our environment into an open sewer.We must build toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems.World Toilet Day is about nature-based solutions to our sanitation needs.When nature calls we have to listen and act.
#WorldToiletDay celebrated today is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water. #Sanitation #Hygiene #HealthyLiving
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