UPSC 2017-18: PIB Summary and Analysis Nov 19

World Toilet Day (WTD)

  • It is an official United Nations international observance day, celebrated on 19 November, to raise awareness of the global sanitation crisis
    This is done through public communications, campaigns, reports and events. Worldwide, 4.5 billion people live without “safely managed sanitation
    The right to water and sanitation was officially declared a human right by the UN on 28 July 2010.
    World Toilet Day was established by the World Toilet Organization in 2001. In 2013, the UN passed a resolution recognizing World Toilet Day as an official UN international day
  • 2017 theme: Wastewater

Toilets Save Lives

  • Toilets save lives because human waste spreads killer diseases. However, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste. World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis.
  • By 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG #6, aim to reach everyone with sanitation, and halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase recycling and safe reuse.

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