The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) has released three stamps to commemorate World Toilet Day.

World Toilet Day – observed each year on 19 November – raises awareness about the 3.6 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation.

This situation undermines human health and dignity, as well as economic development.

This day provokes a call to action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

The stamps depict three of the most important ways toilets, water, and hygiene add value to our lives.

  1. 58¢ stamp - Safely managed toilets and water services dispose of waste, helping prevent food/crops contamination and ensuring sustainable use of water in agriculture.

  2. CHF 1,00 stamp - Good hygiene practices are possible only with reliable and affordable water and sanitation services, which help protect people from preventable diseases like COVID-19 and cholera.

  3. €1,00 stamp - Toilets at home, school, and workplaces are particularly important for women and girls especially during pregnancy and menstruation, which helps them continue to contribute to society.

It is critical that we all have access to sustainable sanitation, clean water, and hygiene facilities to maintain healthy communities and to help stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases – including COVID-19.

The stamps were created by British illustrator Gail Armstrong, who specializes in paper sculptures. Watch this video to see how she brought these stamps to life!

To purchase these stamps, as well as other UNPA products, go to unstamps.org or visit the UNPA stamp shops in New York, Geneva, and Vienna where the stamps can be used for mailing. 

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