World Toilet Day (WTD) is an official United Nations international observance day on 19 November to inspire activity to handle the global sanitation emergency. It is tied in with making an action to handle the global sterilization crisis and accomplish Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation. World Toilet Day 2020 theme is “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change”.
Around the world, World Toilet Day will be seen on November 19 with a means to raise awareness and move activity over handling the global sanitation crisis. Over a large portion of the global population need safe sanitation, while several million practices open defecation.
The day calls upon the global community to accomplish more to address the sanitation emergency which kills a huge number of individuals every year and costs millions to the economy.
What is UN World Toilet Day?
World Toilet Organization was established on 19 November 2001 and the debut World Toilet Summit was held on the same day, the first global summit of its sort. We perceived the requirement for an international day to cause global attention to the sanitation crisis – thus we set up World Toilet Day. NGOs, the private sector, civil society associations, and the international community participate to mark the global day.
In 2013, a joint activity between the Government of Singapore and the World Toilet Organization prompted Singapore’s first UN resolution, named “Sanitation for All”, calling for an aggregate activity to address the global sanitation crisis through the celebration of World Toilet Day. The resolution was co-sponsored and received by 122 nations 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.
Every year UN World Toilet Day approaches the global community to accomplish more to address the sanitation crisis. The theme for 2016 is “Toilets and Jobs.”
World Toilet Day is the day for activity. It is the day to raise awareness about all the individuals who don’t approach a toilet, and the urgent need to end the sanitation crisis. Also, it is the day to stand up (or sit down or squat if you like) to do something about it.
World Toilet Day 2020 Theme
World Toilet Day celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion individuals living without access to securely managed sanitation. It is tied in with taking action to handle the global sanitation crisis and accomplish Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
This year the theme comments on the significance of “Sustainable sanitation and climate change”.
Climate change is quickening. Flood, drought, and rising sea levels are compromising sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. Floodwater can contaminate wells used for drinking water or flooding may harm toilets and spread human waste into communities and food crops, causing fatal and chronic diseases.
Everybody must have sustainable sanitation, close by clean water and handwashing facilities, to help ensure and keep up our health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases, for example, COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid.
This year, the World Toilet Day focuses on sustainable sanitation and climate change, as per United Nations Water, the official convener of this day. Sustainable sanitation is both, socially worthy and economically viable, that is, it can keep communities healthy and withstand climate change. It reuses waste to securely support agriculture, and lessen and capture emissions for greener energy.
World Toilet Day History
World Toilet Day was announced as an official UN Day by the UN General Assembly in 2013 after Singapore postponed the resolution for the equivalent. From that point forward, UN-Water picks a special theme for every year. Some of the themes in earlier years include: toilets and nourishment, nature-based solutions, toilets, and jobs, among others.
World Toilet Day Importance
On this day, UN entities, international associations, and civil society associations raise awareness and inspire activity over handling the global sanitation crisis. As per annual reports by UN-Water more than 100 events in 40 nations were registered on the World Toilet Day website in 2016 and 2017.
There is an official page of World Toilet Day 2020 which has data concerning its significance and aim. While climate change has been deteriorating, there has been an expansion in floods, drought, and rising ocean levels. It has been compromising the sanitation systems from toilets, septic tanks, to treatment plants, to give some examples. Nonetheless, everybody needs to have sustainable sanitation, which can withstand climate change, and keep communities healthy and well-functioning.
These sustainable systems additionally work on reusing waste to securely support agriculture. Besides, it helps in diminishing and catching emissions for greener energy. As per the United Nations, toilets can help in battling climate change too. Wastewater and sludge from them contain important water, nutrients, and energy. Along these lines, sustainable sanitation systems use energy profitably to help agriculture.
For making sustainable sanitation, the toilet needs to catch human waste in a safe, accessible, and dignified setting. After its storage in a tank, the collection service would empty it later and transport it away through the pipework. The next stage would be treatment and its safe removal. Along these lines, the safe reuse of human waste gives the fundamental water and a reliable source of nutrients.
For what reason Do We Need A Day For Toilets?
The ‘silent’ sanitation crisis is a ticking time bomb which influences billions of individuals around the globe.
At the point when the World Toilet Organization was established in 2001, the subject of sanitation got little media consideration and it was seriously dismissed on the global development agenda. Sanitation has gotten even more a need for world pioneers in the 14 years since World Toilet Organization was established, anyway the current level of prioritization is still a long way based on what is required, given the scale and effect of the sanitation crisis. It’s the ideal opportunity for toilets to be treated as an urgent global priority.
We can hardly wait while an absence of access to sanitation influences health, education, gender equality, nourishment, the environment, and the economy! What’s more, in the words of our originator Jack Sim, “What we don’t discuss, we can’t improve.” We have to keep on tending to the taboo nature of toilets and focus on sanitation every World Toilet Day.