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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

World Toilet Day 2015, November 19th

better sanitation for better nutrition

Theme 2015 : Better sanitation for better nutrition.

Sanitation is central to human and environmental health as well as to individual opportunity, development and dignity.  Yet today, worldwide, one in every three people lacks improved sanitation, and one in every eight practices open defecation.
The recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes the central role sanitation plays in sustainable development.  The integrated nature of the new agenda means that we need to better understand the connections between the building blocks of development.  In that spirit, this year’s observance of World Toilet Day focuses on the vicious cycle connecting poor sanitation and malnutrition.
Poor sanitation and hygiene are at the heart of disease and malnutrition.  Each year, too many children under the age of five have their lives cut short or altered forever as a result of poor sanitation:  more than 800,000 children worldwide — or one every two minutes — die from diarrhea, and almost half of all deaths of children under five are due to undernutrition.  A quarter of all children under five are stunted, and countless other children, as well as adults, are falling seriously ill, often suffering long-term, even lifelong, health and developmental consequences.  Parents and guardians carry the cost of these consequences.  Women in particular women bear the direct brunt.
Despite the compelling moral and economic case for action on sanitation, progress is too little and too slow.  By many accounts, sanitation is the most-missed target of the Millennium Development Goals.  This is why the Call to Action on Sanitation was launched in 2013, and why we aim to end open defecation by 2025.
The 2030 Agenda calls on us to renew our efforts in providing access to adequate sanitation worldwide.  We must continue to educate and protect communities at risk, and to change cultural perceptions and long-standing practices that hinder the quest for dignity.
By working together, and by having an open and frank discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation, we can improve the health and well-being of one third of the human family.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations.

Togetherlet's raisea massive stinkfor sanitation onUN World Toilet Day

  The theme for World Toilet Day 2015 is better sanitation for better nutrition, which draws attention to the need for better sanitation to improve health and nutrition for everyone, everywhere.Check out the official UN World Toilet Day website to find out how you can get involved.

Toilets and Health: Better Sanitation for Better Nutrition
19 Nov 2015 - Panel discussion on Toilets and Health: Better Sanitation for Better Nutrition on the occassion of World Toilet Day 2015. Organized by the Permanent Mission of Singapore to the United Nations. Flyer

Open Defecation

Have plans for World Toilet Day? Be sure to map your event and be part of the global
campaign. Maps the Global Campaign.

The Urgent Run for UN World Toilet Day, an initiative of World Toilet Organization, is a global run to call for urgent action to end the sanitation crisis. It brings together communities around the world for a run or walk for sanitation in November, in the lead-up to UN World Toilet Day on 19 November.
It’s urgent because: 1 in 3 people on this planet still don’t have access to a clean and safe toilet; 1,000 children die each day due to poor sanitation; and better sanitation supports better nutrition and improved health, especially for women and children.
Join the global Urgent Run, visit

 UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 

The UN High-Level Water and Sanitation

The UN High-Level Water and Sanitation Days 2015 are a set of coordinated events taking place from November 18 – 20 at UN Headquarters in New York:
The final meeting of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB) spans these three days, concluding on Nov. 20 with the UNSGAB Final Ceremony. The Second UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters will be held on November 18 and UN World Toilet Day will be celebrated on Nov. 19.


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