World Toilet Day 2016

World Toilet Day is a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, a topic which unfortunately, is often neglected and shrouded in taboos. Just because of the lack of a basic toilet, 2.4 billion people today are struggling to stay well, keep their children alive and work their way to a better future.

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Urgent Run 2016

It was a mad dash to the finishing line as we had almost 800 participants during this year’s Urgent Run! This was our third year running and it was held on the 5th November this year in the lead up towards the World Toilet Day to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis.

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Tampines Roadshow

Our second roadshow, following our first held in Jurong this April, was held next to Tampines MRT from 19 Nov to 4 Dec 2016 as part of our local advocacy efforts during this UN World Toilet Day.

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Manhole Floor Mat

This Christmas, get something fun yet meaningful for your friends and family by buying this WTO limited edition manhole floor mat for a minimum donation of $40. The specifications are as follows: - Heavy duty surface of durable rubber to effectively remove dirt and sand from footwear. - Long-lasting rubber mat made from 100% recycled tires. - Easy to clean, just hose off. - 60 cm in diameter and 1 cm thick and comes wrapped in a clear polythene bag.

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HandyPods in Cambodia’s Floating Villages

This month, four WTO staff members, along with representatives from philanthropic foundation Transparent Fish Fund and sanitary equipment specialist Wirquin, returned to the floating villages in Tonle Sap, Cambodia to follow up on all the great work Wetlands Work! (WW!) is doing...

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26 Years Old Set To Challenge And Break Taboos

Vishal comes from a Brahmin family in Northern India. He is a marketing professional, and during his post-MBA, he worked as a Business Development Manager with the Tata Motor Finance. After being inspired...

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What’s UN World Toilet Day?

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. We recognised the need for an international day to draw global attention to the sanitation crisis – and so we established World Toilet Day on 19 November. World Toilet Day has continued to garner support over the years, with NGOs, the private sector, civil society organisations and the international community joined in to mark the global day. READ MORE

Why Toilets?

A world body on toilets — are you kidding me? Your toilet is more important than you think. Let’s take a look at some quick facts about the sanitation crisis.


1000 children died per day from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation in 2013. These deaths are preventable.


Clean and safe toilets help keep more girls in school and increase attendance rates. Far too many girls miss out on education just because of the lack of a clean and safe toilet.


The 2015 goal to halve the proportion of people living without sanitation is running 150 years behind schedule. 1 billion (15 % of the world population) still practice open defecation.


Every $1 spent on water and sanitation generates a $4.3 return in the form of reduced health care costs.

Health, dignity and well-being for all through sustainable sanitation


A clean and safe toilet ensures health, dignity and well-being — yet 40% of the world’s population does not have access to toilets. World Toilet Organization is a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. We believe in empowering individuals through education, training and building local marketplace opportunities to advocate for clean and safe sanitation facilities in their communities.

What We Do

The silence surrounding the sanitation crisis is beginning to break as evidenced by the Sustainable Development Goal's inclusion of sanitation on its global development agenda. Sustainable Development Goal #6 calls for universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and the end of open defecation by 2030.

World Toilet Organization is one of the few organizations whose sole focus is on toilets
and sanitation. Breaking the silence on the sanitation crisis is at the heart of what we do.
And here’s how we do it.



Global advocacy day for toilets and sanitation celebrated annually on 19 November

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Empowering trainers and sanitation workers in both urban and rural contexts

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Annual conference that brings together key stakeholders and decision-makers in the sanitation sector

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Social enterprise with the mission to create a sustainable sanitation ecosystem in local communities

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Join Us

Join the global sanitation movement today and let’s work together to make clean and safe toilets a priority!