Water Sanitation Health

World Toilet Day

19 November 2013

In a bid to make sanitation for all a global development priority, the UN General Assembly has designated 19 November as World Toilet Day, urging changes in both behaviour and policy on issues ranging from enhanced water management to ending open-air defecation.

The new resolution urges UN Member States, and other relevant stakeholders, to encourage behavioural change and implement policies to increase access to sanitation among the poor. It also includes a call to end the practice of open-air defecation, which it deemed “extremely harmful” to public health. The resolution also calls on countries to approach sanitation in a much broader context that includes hygiene promotion, the provision of basic sanitation services, and sewage/ wastewater treatment and reuse in the context of integrated water management.


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