World Toilet Day

November 19 marks World Toilet Day and the Water Environment Federation (WEF), a UN-Water Partner is committed to engaging the water community in this public education effort. WEF is dedicated to supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation.

SDG 6 calls for universal access to adequate and equitable sanitation and the end of open defecation by 2030. WEF, its members, and its strategic partners work to educate, build community, and communicate the importance of WASH, the key to hygiene and more equitable economic development.

This year’s focus is on “Accelerating Change”. The world is currently off-track, and we need to work five times faster if the 2030 goal is to be accomplished.

Quick facts:

  • There are 3.5 billion people living without safe toilets and 2.2 billion people living without safe drinking water.
  • 419 million people still go to the toilet in the open (‘open defecation’).
  • 2 billion people - a quarter of the world's population - lack basic handwashing facilities at home to wash their hands with soap and water.
  • Unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene are responsible for the deaths of around 1,000 children under five every day. (UNICEF 2023)
  • At the current rate, 3 billion people will still be living without safe toilets, 2 billion will be without safe drinking water and 1.4 billion will lack basic hygiene facilities by 2030. (WHO/UNICEF 2023)

BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD

Your actions, no matter how small, can help tackle the sanitation crisis:

  • Stop polluting: don’t put waste down the toilet and drains.
  • Flush safe: empty full septic tanks and report dumping of sludge.
  • Play your part this #WorldToiletDay www.unwater.org/bethechange

Everyone can do something to tackle the sanitation crisis and protect nature:

  • Be curious: visit a treatment plant to see how your waste is managed.
  • Take part in a clean-up of a river or lake.
  • Join #WorldToiletDay and be the change www.unwater.org/bethechange

Be the change – do what you can to help tackle the sanitation crisis:

  • Build pressure: write to your elected representatives about budgets for improving sanitation at home and abroad.

Join us by adding your voice and taking action to accelerate access to safe toilets and sanitation, protection of groundwater and moving toward the creation of a more equitable world. For more information on World Toilet Day visit: World Toilet Day | United Nations

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Laila Sukkariyyah is the director of global programs at the Water Environment Federation. During her 20+-year tenure, she has held several positions in the organization including the director of marketing, pavilion sales and sales development. In her current role, Laila manages WEF's collaboration with UN-Water, participation in international events and global activities at WEFTEC. 

Laila earned a bachelor's degree in political science and anthropology from Eckerd College and a masters in international development from The American University. Laila's multi-cultural background and "third culture kid" upbringing, contributes to WEF's global leadership in the water sector. 

November 08, 2023

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