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World Toilet Day

Quick Facts

World Toilet Day aims to promote public awareness of the need for adequate toilets to improve people’s health and save lives.

Local names

NameLanguage
World Toilet DayEnglish
Día Mundial del InodoroSpanish
יום שרותים העולםHebrew
اليوم العالمي للمرحاضArabic
세계 화장실의 날Korean
WelttoilettentagGerman

World Toilet Day 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

World Toilet Day 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015
List of dates for other years

World Toilet Day is a United Nations (UN) observance, on November 19, that highlights a serious problem – 2.5 billion people in the world do not have access to proper sanitation.

About 2.5 billion people don't have access to a toilet.

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Celebrate World Toilet Day

Each year thousands of people join in on promoting World Toilet Day via social media campaigns, online petitions, and by getting involved in a range of events held in different countries worldwide.

Public life

World Toilet Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

About World Toilet Day

The provision of proper toilets could save the lives of more than 200,000 children in the world, according to the UN. The countries where open defecation is most widely practiced are the same countries with the highest numbers of under-five child deaths, high levels of under-nutrition and poverty, and large wealth disparities. Moreover, over one billion people defecate in the open due to lack of proper toilet facilities.

International organizations, particularly the World Toilet Organization, have promoted World Toilet Day for years. In 2013, the UN officially recognized November 19 as World Toilet Day in a bid to make sanitation for all a global development priority. It deemed the practice of open-air defecation as “extremely harmful” to public health.

Did you know?

More people in the world have a mobile phone than a toilet. Of the world’s seven billion people, six billion have mobile phones. However, only 4.5 billion have access to toilets or latrines – meaning that 2.5 billion people, mostly in rural areas, do not have proper sanitation.

World Toilet Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
TueNov 192013World Toilet DayUnited Nations observance 
WedNov 192014World Toilet DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuNov 192015World Toilet DayUnited Nations observance 
SatNov 192016World Toilet DayUnited Nations observance 
SunNov 192017World Toilet DayUnited Nations observance 
MonNov 192018World Toilet DayUnited Nations observance 
TueNov 192019World Toilet DayUnited Nations observance 
ThuNov 192020World Toilet DayUnited Nations observance 
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