When nature calls, you answer – and take action this World Toilet Day with these Resources!

Date: 7th November 2018

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This year’s World Toilet Day will take place on 19 November. The theme, “When Nature Calls”, focuses on the importance of building toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with our environment and nature.

According to WHO/UNICEF, 4.5 billion people live without a safe toilet and 892 million people still practise open defecation – this means human faeces, on a massive scale, is not being captured or treated. Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the environment without being treated or reused.

The world is still not on track to achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. On this very important day, do your part and take action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030.

Get involved and act!

What WSSCC is doing and how you can join us

  • As part of this year’s celebration, WSSCC is organizing a photo contest for members called the World Toilet Day Champion challenge. The goal is to showcase the diverse and meaningful work that our members are doing within their communities by engaging and rallying them to participate and raise awareness on sanitation-related issues.
  • WSSCC will be making a big splash in Geneva! Join us if you can at the World Toilet Day rally at Place des Nations from 12 pm to 4pm, to raise awareness on the importance of the global sanitation crisis. There will be an inflatable toilet, fun games and activities and a line-up of great speakers. For more information on this event, click here.

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