World Toilet Day

The truth is, a toilet doesn't have to be gold-plated to be a luxury for many people outside of America. Globally, 2.4 billion
Shyama V. Ramani, Professorial fellow, United Nations University Thousands of toilets lie abandoned in India either never
American public bathrooms are often designed to make the experience exceedingly uncomfortable. Silence about the issue persists, largely because of cultural taboos that discourage any discussion about alleviating design flaws.
Average living standards improved while the government managed to halve the rates of poverty, hunger and lack of clean drinking water. Despite this success, one major failure sticks out: sanitation.
Globally, 2.4 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation, like a basic toilet. Over 660 million people do not have access to clean and safe drinking water.
It's a devastating health and women's rights issue.
Across the world, 2.4 billion people do not have access to proper sanitation, including toilets and latrines, with nearly
As the world leaders set out to determine how to achieve the new ambitious Sustainable Development Goals, we encourage them to explore ensuring access to affordable capital for sanitation solutions for all.
Some people have suggested that a campaign around poop emojis is superficial. But when it comes to engaging the public on a serious but seemingly far-away problem, we're counting on our poop emoji friends to give us a hand.
The world has come a long way. In 1990, nearly half the global population lacked adequate sanitation and 1 in 4 people worldwide (1.3 billion) defecated in the open. In 2015, 68 percent of the global population -- which is now 2 billion higher -- has improved sanitation.
Every child has the right to survive and thrive, but for far too many children, this right is denied in the simplest of areas, particularly in the provision of clean, safe, and child-friendly water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services such as toilets.
Every day, an estimated 1,500 children die from diarrhea largely caused by a lack of access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene -- more than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined.
Installing toilets in India without addressing behavioral change has resulted in thousands of free toilets becoming storage sheds or chicken coops, while the owners continue to defecate outside.
There have been significant improvements worldwide in terms of making basic water and sanitation access available, a new
Wednesday marks World Toilet Day, the advocacy event that raises awareness for the 2.5 billion people who don’t have access
Imagine for a minute that New York City is Dhaka, Bangladesh, and that in the entire city only 11% of all households are connected to a sewer, and of all that waste only 2% is treated.