World Toilet Day is observed as an official United Nations international day across the world on 19th November 2021. The day is observed to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. To mark this day, all NGOs, the private sector, civil society organizations and the international community are joined. The day is observed to inform, engage and inspire people to take action toward achieving the goal of improving sanitation and aims to “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.
History and Significance of World Toilet Day
The World Toilet day is observed to raise awareness for the global sanitation. The World Toilet Day was firstly observed on 19th November 2012 established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001 also the inaugural World Toilet Summit was held on the same day and after Twelve years later, in 2013, the UN General Assembly declared World Toilet Day an official UN day.
Annual Themes of World Toilet Day
2012 – “I give a shit, do you?”
2013 – Tourism and water
2014 – Equality and dignity
2015 – Toilets and nutrition
2016 – Toilets and jobs
2017 – Wastewater
2018 – Nature-based solutions (slogan: “When Nature calls”)
2019 – Leaving no one behind – The campaign draws attention to those people being “left behind without sanitation and the social, economic and environmental consequences of inaction”. This is closely related to Sustainable Development Goal 6 which 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”.
2020 – Sustainable sanitation and climate change
2021- Fighting Climate Change