Singapore October 20, 2014

In commemoration of the official UN designation of World Toilet Day, an art sculpture “Evolution of Man: Poo Pee Happy” was unveiled at the Marina Barrage today.

Commissioned by the World Toilet Organisation (WTO) and sponsored by Mr and Mrs Tan Soo Sam, this visual art is part of WTO’s global effort to break the taboo on sanitation. The sculpture depicts the natural human daily culture that is so essential for us to live healthily and happily. The visual language is simple and easy to understand, transcending all cultures and languages.

World Toilet Day was created by the World Toilet Organization on its founding day, 19 November 2001. Since 2001, it has been celebrated all around the world by members of the international community, civil society organizations, UN agencies, NGOs, governments and corporates. On 24 July 2013, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution entitled “Sanitation for all”, thereby designating November 19 as an official UN day. The resolution was initiated by Singapore and calls for greater attention to be paid to the global sanitation crisis through the commemoration of World Toilet Day. The UN estimates that 2.5 billion people worldwide still lack access to improved sanitation and this has major consequences for health and economic growth.

“The collection of used water in Singapore has progressed from the night soil buckets in the early 1900s to current day’s modern sanitation. By 1997, everyone in Singapore enjoyed modern sanitation and this has an important impact on Singapore’s public health and hygiene. With the completion of Deep Tunnel Sewerage System (Phase 1) in 2008, Singapore is able to carry out large-scale used water collection and water reclamation,” said Mr Chew Men Leong, Chief Executive of PUB, the national water agency who officiated at the unveiling ceremony of the sculpture at Marina Barrage.

World Toilet Day will also be commemorated by a series of activities, including a week-long exhibition on the evolution of toilet culture, technology and usage organised by the World Toilet Organization in partnership with the German Centre (Singapore) and the inaugural Singapore WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Conference 2013 on 19 November 13 which is organised by the Restroom Association (Singapore) to serve as a platform for building owners and qualified persons to identify key WASH challenges and available solutions.