Global ‘Urgent Run’ Raises a Stink for Sanitation

Communities across the world are coming together for sanitation-themed ‘Urgent Run’ walk and run events for World Toilet Day, with around 30 events being held in 18 countries in the lead-up to UN World Toilet Day on 19 November.


An Urgent Dash for UN World Toilet Day

It’s that time of the year again when the global community gathers to ‘raise a stink’ in November for sanitation worldwide in the lead up to UN World Toilet Day on 19 November. World Toilet Organization’s annual event for World Toilet Day, The Urgent Run, is back for the second year, and ready to raise an even bigger stink!


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Wondering what it’s like to intern at World Toilet Organization? Look no further, we’ve got the inside scoop: Hear first-hand from one of our summer interns, Karen Tan, who shares her experience of volunteering for WTO, from designing schools packs, to packing her bags for a site visit to Cambodia. Could you spare some time to be a WTO intern or volunteer? A fantastic opportunity to make a real difference.


Transforming the lives of school children in rural China.

According to UNICEF only 64% of the population in China have improved toilets. An improved, hygienic latrine is one that adopts reinforced concrete structure, separate human excreta from human contact and ensures that the excreta do not pollute the environment.


Exclusive 2016 Membership Invite

As we approach the dawn of celebrating 15 years since World Toilet Organization's (WTO) inception, I have had time to reflect on what we have already achieved as a united front in our global sanitation efforts. WTO has taken a leading role in this movement to improve toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide.


SDGs: Making Toilets An Object Of Desire

The sustainable development goals (SDGs) include a standalone goal dedicated to water and sanitation – Goal 6: “Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all”. So how do we ensure the success of this goal?


Taking a holistic approach to sanitation in India

In 2010, the UN released statistics showing more people had access to a mobile phone in India than a toilet. Around 45 percent of the population had access to a mobile phone, while only around 31 percent had a toilet

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 2015 Millennium Development Goal target on sanitation remains the most off-track of all the MDG goals. The reason: The silence surrounding the sanitation crisis.

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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