Sanitation For All Resolution
Today’s decision to mark World Toilet Day on 19 November will help the UN raise awareness and mobilize action that can save millions of lives. 2.5 billion people lack toilets, and poor sanitation is a leading cause of disease and child deaths. Everyone needs a place to go!
19 November was officially recognised as UN World Toilet Day on July 24, 2013, the result of our relentless commitment to raising awareness on the sanitation crisis and a resolution sponsored by the Singapore government on our behalf.
Every UN World Toilet Day, NGOs, the private sector, civil society organisations and the international community come together to discuss sanitation issues with a different theme to mark the focus of each year.
While sanitation has become more of a priority for world leaders in the 20 years since WTO was founded, the attention and resources put into resolving sanitation issues today is far from enough. It’s time for toilets to be treated as an urgent global priority. In the words of our founder Jack Sim, “What we don’t discuss, we can’t improve.” We need to continue addressing the taboo nature of toilets and shine a spotlight on sanitation each World Toilet Day.