21.11.2018 - Natural Sciences Sector

When Nature calls - World Toilet Day

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World Toilet Day, celebrated on 19th November, is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water.

The message spread in occasion of this important day is that the world is not on track and if we want to achieve safe sanitation for all by 2030, we need to run fast: today 4.5 billion people live without safe toilet. The latest data show that 892 million people practice open defecation and 1.8 billion people use drinking water source that could be contaminated with faeces. Faster progress is really needed to end open defecation by 2030, especially in rural areas.

During the presentation of the SDG6 Synthesis Report findings at the 'Business Solutions for SDG6 in the Sanitation Economy’ event at Palais des Nations in Geneva, organized on occasion of World Toilet Day, WWAP Coordinator highlighted that innovative solutions are out there and that every dollar put in WASH is an investment. A very good example comes from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that spent $200 million over 7 years funding sanitation research, showcased novel toilet and sludge-processing designs that eliminate harmful pathogens and convert bodily waste into clean water and fertilizer. The reinvented toilet market, could generate $6 billion a year worldwide by 2030, according to the Foundation.

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It is showned that the costs of improved sanitation and wastewater management are outweighed by benefits in terms of human health, socioeconomic development and environmental sustainability.

Moreover, WWAP joined the Toilet Rally event organized by UN-Water in partnership with WSSCC (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council), in front of Palais des Nations to raise awareness around World Toilet Day.

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