Seeking sustainable sanitation

World Toilet Day – November 19


Photo by Emily Silverstein on Unsplash

What seems so common in the US is rare in some parts of the world.

Jeslie Avestruz, Staff writer

To inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, an official United Nations international observance day, World Toilet Day, was established in 2001 and has been celebrated annually on  November 19 every day. Yes, World Toilet Day celebrates toilets and all things related.

Specifically, World Toilet Day raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation, and this year’s theme is “sustainable sanitation and climate change” (

Toilets can help fight against climate change. With climate change accelerating, flood, drought, and rising sea levels are threatening numerous sanitation systems. It is a must for everyone to have sustainable sanitation to protect and maintain our health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases.

To be a part of the World Toilet Day celebration, you could share information about it on social media. If you recognize the value and privilege of having ready access to a toilet and want to share more, you can add @worldtoilet and @UN_Water to show others that you are contributing to their call for action.

You could also invest in toilets and sanitation for all. If you want to learn more and contribute to the goal of providing the Sustainable Development Goal by 2030, visit

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