Make a Splash on World Toilet Day with these Resources!

Date: 9th November 2017

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  • This year, World Toilet Day (WTD) on November 19 focuses on Wastewater – highlighting what happens to human waste
  • According to WHO/UNICEF, around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – either have no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta
  • To achieve SDG 6 and especially its Target 6.2, we need everyone’s poo to be captured, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way

According to WHO/UNICEF, around 60% of the global population – 4.5 billion people – either have no toilet at home or one that doesn’t safely manage excreta.

On November 19th, World Toilet Day (WTD) draws attention to the critical challenge of managing wastewater. WTD partners raise the question, ‘Where does our poo go?’

For billions of people around the world, sanitation systems are either non-existent or ineffective. Globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. Poo gets out and killer diseases spread, meaning progress in health and child mortality is seriously undermined.

To achieve SDG 6 and especially its Target 6.2, we need everyone’s poo to be captured, transported, treated and disposed of in a safe and sustainable way.

The opportunities from using wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of not only water, but energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials.

To support our members and partners global, regional and national WTD initiatives, WSSCC is pleased to share the following information and resources:

  • WSSCC has developed the Freddy the Fly video to illustrate the dangers of open defecation in an engaging and memorable way. We encourage you to start a Freddy campaign in your country! The Freddy the Fly campaign pack includes posters, stickers and ideas to develop a fun, high-impact campaign.
  • Toilet Talk Tweetchat: WSSCC welcomes you to join our Tweetchat on Monday, November 20 – a virtual seminar where a range of experienced panelists from a cross section of disciplines will engage in a technical discussion on the theme of waste water, including faecal sludge management (FSM). An unlimited number of followers can engage. Simply follow our Twitter feed from 9 am Eastern Time (US) / 3PM GMT+1(Central European Time). For this event, please use the hashtag #toilettalk
  • WSSCC’s social media info-graphics: Between now and WTD 2017 please post/ share/ re-tweet our info-graphics and follow our Twitter and Facebook Please use these hashtags: #wheredoesourpoogo #worldtoiletday
  • Resources from UN Water: UN Water has developed a comprehensive set of resources for those of you who are planning an event or simply promoting the issues on social media. The pack includes a list of social media messages, info graphics, an events map and excellent short film.

After WTD, WSSCC would like to feature our members’ events on wsscc.org and include them in the members’ newsletter. Please send information with photos and videos to wsscc@wsscc.org and include the subject line ‘World Toilet Day 2017’.

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