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World Toilet Day

November 19, 2018

The world is not on track to reach Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: to ensure availability and sustainable management of sanitation and water for all by 2030.[1]

Today, 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation and 892 million people still practise open defecation.[2]

The impact of exposure to human faeces on this scale has a devastating impact upon public health, living conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world.

SDG 6 aims to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet and that no-one practises open defecation by 2030. Failure to achieve this goal risks the entire Agenda for Sustainable Development.




[1] United Nations (2018): Sustainable Development Goal 6 Synthesis Report 2018 on Water and Sanitationhttp://www.unwater.org/un-reports-that-world-is-off-track-on-water-and-sanitation-goal/
[2] WHO/UNICEF (2017): http://www.who.int/en/news-room/detail/12-07-2017-2-1-billion-people-lack-safe-drinking-water-at-home-more-than-twice-as-many-lack-safe-sanitation


November 19, 2018