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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. NGOs, the private sector, civil society organisations and the international community joined in to mark the global day.

In 2013, a joint initiative between the Government of Singapore and World Toilet Organization led to Singapore’s first UN resolution, entitled “Sanitation for All”, calling for collective action to address the global sanitation crisis through the commemoration of World Toilet Day. The resolution was co-sponsored and adopted by 122 countries at the 67th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. On July 24, 2013, World Toilet Day on 19 November became an official UN day.

Each year UN World Toilet Day calls on the global community to do more to address the sanitation crisis. The theme for 2016 is “Toilets and Jobs.”

World Toilet Day is THE day for action. It is the day to raise awareness about all the people who do not have access to a toilet, and the urgent need to end the sanitation crisis. And it is the day to stand up (or sit down or squat if you prefer) to do something about it.

Why Do We Need A Day For Toilets?

The ‘silent’ sanitation crisis is a ticking time bomb which affects billions of people around the world.

When World Toilet Organization was founded in 2001, the subject of sanitation received little media attention and it was severely neglected on the global development agenda.  Sanitation has become more of a priority for world leaders in the 14 years since World Toilet Organization was founded, however the current level of prioritization is still far from what is needed, given the scale and impact of the sanitation crisis. It’s time for toilets to be treated as an urgent global priority.

We can’t wait while a lack of access to sanitation affects health, education, gender equality, nutrition, the environment and the economy! And in the words of our founder Jack Sim, “What we don’t discuss, we can’t improve.” We need to continue to address the taboo nature of toilets and shine a spotlight on sanitation each World Toilet Day.

The Global Urgent Run

The Urgent Run for UN World Toilet Day, an initiative of World Toilet Organization, is a global run to call for urgent action to end the sanitation crisis. It brings together communities around the world for a run or walk for sanitation in November, in the lead-up to UN World Toilet Day on 19 November.

It’s urgent because: 1 in 3 people on this planet still don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet; 1,000 children die each day due to poor sanitation; and better sanitation supports better nutrition and improved health, especially for women and children.

Join the global Urgent Run, visit

How To Raise A Stink For UN World Toilet Day

Sustainable sanitation is a matter of dignity, equality, and safety, and is crucial to improving the health and wellbeing of one-third of humanity. So what can you do to help raise a stink this World Toilet Day? Join the global ‘movement’ and be a part of the change.

Join the global Urgent Run, World Toilet Organization’s annual event for UN World Toilet Day to call for urgent action to end the sanitation crisis.

Join the dash for sanitation by: organising your own sanitation-themed event or joining an event near you.
Our “Raising a Stink for Sanitation” Advocacy Pack provides information about the sanitation challenge, and some suggestions for how you can raise a stink for sanitation in your local area.
One-third of the world’s population still lacks access to adequate sanitation. We can’t wait to change that. Every dollar donated to World Toilet Organization for UN World Toilet Day goes a long way. Fuel World Toilet Organization’s efforts in advocacy, education, capacity building, and social enterprise projects by making a donation.
Do you want to fundraise for our crucial sanitation projects? Our Fundraising in a flush guide is packed with useful tips and resources to make your UN World Toilet Day a great success.

Or you can put your own creative ideas into motion for something meaningful and impactful.
Schools can join the fight for sanitation for all by engaging students with UN World Toilet Day.

If you want to plan activities and projects around UN World Toilet Day that students could be a part of, we have a specially crafted ‘Talking and teaching toilets’ guide packed with activities for students
Join the global movement for toilets and sanitation for all, and raise awareness by posting on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, posting a Vine or tweeting this World Toilet Day. Raise your voice to call for action using the hashtags #WorldToiletDay and #UrgentRun.

Together we can make a big splash this World Toilet Day!
The theme for World Toilet Day 2015 is better sanitation for better nutrition, which draws attention to the need for better sanitation to improve health and nutrition for everyone, everywhere.

Check out the official UN World Toilet Day website to find out how you can get involved.
We’d love to hear how you will raise a stink to commemorate UN World Toilet Day on 19 November. Share what you’re doing: tweet us @worldtoilet, email us at or share a comment on our Facebook page.
What better opportunity to get conversations ‘flowing’ about the sanitation crisis than UN World Toilet Day?!

Talk all things shit, toilets and sanitation with your friends and family members. Help break the ‘toilet taboo’: have a conversation, send an email, tweet, send a text, post to Facebook, and raise awareness of the importance of action on sanitation.