(Geneva) - World Toilet Day
Good hygiene practices are possible only with reliable and affordable water and sanitation services, which help to protect people from preventable diseases such as COVID-19 and cholera.
The World Toilet Day is observed annually on the 19th of November. This initiative aims to raise awareness on the plight of the 3.6 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation, the lack of which undermines public health, human dignity, personal safety, and economic development. It is a day to inform, engage and inspire people to take action so we can tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The effects of climate change, such as floods, droughts and rising sea levels are threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. Floodwater can damage toilets and contaminate drinking water, which spreads human waste into our communities and food crops, causing deadly and chronic diseases. These incidents, which are becoming more frequent as climate change worsens, cause public health emergencies, and degrade the environment.