Get involved Vol 24, No. 11 - November 2020

Taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis

Every 19 November, the world comes together for World Toilet Day, to celebrate toilets and raise awareness about the fact that 4.2 billion people live without access to safely managed sanitation. The day is all about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. See how you can be part of online efforts this year, using #WorldToiletDay.

World Toilet Day 2020 theme: Sustainable sanitation and climate change

Climate change is getting worse. Flood, drought and rising sea levels are threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants.

Everyone must have sustainable sanitation, alongside clean water and handwashing facilities, to help protect and maintain our health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases such as COVID-19, cholera and typhoid.

Sustainable sanitation systems also reuse waste to safely boost agriculture and reduce and capture emissions for greener energy.

Sustainable sanitation begins with a toilet that effectively captures human waste in a safe, accessible and dignified setting. The next stage is treatment and safe disposal. Safe reuse of human waste helps save water, reduces and captures greenhouse gas emissions for energy production, and can provide agriculture with a reliable source of water and nutrients. 

Learn, share and act!

Due to COVID-19, our way of connecting with family, friends and colleagues has changed. Although it may be difficult to participate in a physical event, you can still explore this year’s theme and see how others are taking action by using online tools. Contribute by raising awareness within your networks using #WorldToiletDay, and then, act, do something in real life or online. Whether big or small, every action count!

Learn more about this year’s theme, online events and how to engage in the World Toilet Day 2020 campaign here: www.worldtoiletday.org

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