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World Toilet Day is a United Nations recognised event, observed annually on 19 November. The World Toilet Organisation was established in 2001 to bring together organisations to share information, resources and facilitate change. Each year World Toilet Summit is held in various countries on the 19 November. The 12th World Toilet Summit was held in Durban, South Africa in 2012 and it was for the first time the World Toilet Summit held in Africa.

World Toilet Day was created to raise global awareness of the daily struggle for proper sanitation that a staggering 2.5 billion people face. World Toilet Day has a main purpose: it aims to stimulate dialogue about sanitation and breaks the taboo that still surrounds this issue. In addition, it supports advocacy that highlights the profound impact of the sanitation crisis in a rigorous manner, and seeks to bring to the forefront the health and emotional consequences, as well as the economic impact of inadequate sanitation. This international day of action aims to break the taboo around toilets and draw attention to the global sanitation challenge.

Since its inception in 2001, World Toilet Day has become an important platform to demand action from governments and to reach out to wider audiences by showing that toilets are vital to life. World Toilet Days’ vision is to grow as a collective campaign uniting on 19 November everybody who is passionate about toilets to ensure that access to proper sanitation, which has been declared a human right, becomes a reality for all.

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