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World Toilet Day 2020: All You Need To Know About The Theme And Significance

Here is all you need to know about World Toilet Day and why it is celebrated

World Toilet Day 2020: All You Need To Know About The Theme And Significance
  • World Toilet Day is marked on November 19
  • The theme of the World Toilet Day is sustainable sanitation
  • Sustainable sanitation will act as strong defence against disease outbreak

New Delhi: Over half of the global population or 4.2 billion people lack safe sanitation, moreover, 40 per cent – or three billion people in the world –live without basic handwashing facilities like soap and water, according to the United Nation. It further states that around 297,000 children under five – more than 800 every day – die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor hygiene and sanitation or unsafe drinking water. In a bid to tackle this global sanitation crisis, the United Nations (UN) passed a resolution in 2013 recognising World Toilet Day as an official UN international day. Two years later, under the Sustainable Development Goals, that has  is a set of 17 “Global Goals” with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues, UN set a target to ensure everyone has access to a household toilet by 2030.

As the world marks November 19 as World Toilet Day, here is all you need  lowdown of things you should know about the day:

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1. How Did World Toilet Day Came Into Existence

With the idea to raise awareness about sanitation, hygiene and how poor sanitation can kill the masses and cost millions to the economy, in 2001, a Singaporean businessman Jack Sim started a crusade for better sanitation and hygiene practices around the world and founded the World Toilet Organisation. He was the one to declare November 19 as the World Toilet Day. In 2012, the first slogan associated with World Toilet Day came out, it was, “I give a sh**, do you?” in a bid to make people aware about this crucial topic. In 2013, the United Nations adopted the day to educate billions who suffer the ill effects of open defecation.

2. Theme For World Toilet Day

Each year the day is celebrated with a unique theme. This year, the theme is Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change.

This year’s theme is in reference to how climate change leading to more instances of flood, drought and rising sea levels is threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. The day aims to raise awareness on sustainable sanitation that can withstand climate change and keep communities healthy and functioning.

Sustainable sanitation refers to reusing waste to safely boost agriculture and reduce and capture emissions for greener energy.

Also Read: Five Easy Ways To Promote Handwashing Habit In Children

3. Objective Of Celebrating World Toilet Day

It is a day to strengthen the “global voice” on sanitation issues and focus on raising awareness about the importance of sanitation for everyone, everywhere.

This year the objective of the day is raise awareness about fecal sludge management, wastewater management and promote sustainable sanitation practices.

4. How Can Toilets Help Fight Climate Change?

According to United Nations, globally, 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. It also states that by 2050, up to 5.7 billion people could be living in areas where water is scarce for at least one month a year, creating unprecedented competition for water. With an aim to change these grim facts which could soon become the reality this year’s theme focus on sustainability. Sustainable sanitation systems also make productive use of waste to safely boost agriculture and reduce and capture emissions for greener energy.

The effects of climate change threaten sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. For instance, floodwater can damage toilets and spread human waste into water supplies, food crops and people’s homes. These incidents, which are becoming more frequent as climate change worsens, cause public health emergencies and degrade the environment.

5. What Is Sustainable Sanitation?

Sustainable sanitation begins with a toilet that effectively captures human waste in a safe, accessible and dignified setting.

The waste then gets stored in a tank, which can be emptied later by a collection service, or transported away by pipework.

The next stage is treatment and safe disposal. Safe reuse of human waste helps save water, reduces and captures greenhouse gas emissions for energy production, and can provide agriculture with a reliable source of water and nutrients.

Also Read: How Bhopal’s Decentralised Water Access Is Providing Adequate Handwashing Infrastructure During COVID-19 Pandemic

6. How World Toilet Day Is Celebrated?

Many organisations like The Toilet Board Coalition, World Health Organisation, United Nations Children’s Fund, to name a few launch toilet-related reports on that day. There is also a community sanitation-themed marathon named “Urgent Runs”,  which is held worldover every year on the day, worldwide in order to call for urgent action to end the sanitation crisis in one or the other way. The event aims to bring communities around the world together to raise awareness on the global sanitation scenario.


4.2 billion people live without access to safely managed sanitation, as a result, instead of using a toilet facility. They use unreliable, inadequate toilets or practise open defecation. As a result, environment gets polluted with lot of untreated human waste, which spreads deadly and chronic diseases.

At a time of COVID-19, when the world is fighting the worst pandemic not witnessed in hundred years, the need for good hygiene and sanitation practices is more important than ever. Experts say that sustainable sanitation systems, combined with the facilities and knowledge to practise good hygiene, are a strong defence against COVID-19 and future disease outbreaks.

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.  


Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,23,25,643 and 47,56,038 have died; 19,46,11,603 are active cases and 3,29,58,002 have recovered as on September 28, 2021 at 3:48 am.


3,36,97,581 18,795Cases
3,29,58,002 26,030Recovered
4,47,373 179Deaths
In India, there are 3,36,97,581 confirmed cases including 4,47,373 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,92,206 and 3,29,58,002 have recovered as on September 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths


41,396 32


1,38,902 32


46,41,587 11,699

1,57,733 6,122

44,59,193 17,763

24,661 58


29,73,899 504

12,833 409

29,23,320 893

37,746 20

Tamil Nadu

26,58,923 1,657

17,261 24

26,06,153 1,662

35,509 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,47,459 618

12,482 566

20,20,835 1,178

14,142 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,778 6

176 0

16,86,712 6


West Bengal

15,66,865 472

7,584 99

15,40,530 556

18,751 15


14,38,746 32

366 5

14,13,295 37



10,24,764 444

5,102 214

10,11,482 653

8,180 5


10,05,269 27

282 3

9,91,423 30



9,54,316 13

86 9

9,45,276 4



8,25,872 21

142 9

8,15,648 30


Madhya Pradesh

7,92,504 8

118 2

7,81,868 6



7,70,825 7

329 6

7,60,686 13



7,25,947 3

57 11

7,16,230 14



6,65,284 216

4,585 27

6,56,785 241

3,914 2


6,01,538 38

284 2

5,84,747 35

16,507 1


6,01,031 412

4,587 42

5,90,593 362

5,851 8


3,48,198 4

79 1

3,42,986 5



3,43,504 14

218 8

3,35,893 22


Jammu And Kashmir

3,29,125 117

1,513 1

3,23,190 118


Himachal Pradesh

2,18,523 209

1,730 16

2,13,124 225



1,76,145 50

862 56

1,71,980 106



1,26,127 37

866 35

1,23,423 72



1,20,000 116

2,111 14

1,16,042 129

1,847 1


90,539 1,846

15,843 358

74,394 1,481

302 7


84,085 19

275 3

82,999 22



80,897 108

1,752 125

77,750 230

1,395 3


65,217 7

44 3

64,354 4


Arunachal Pradesh

54,395 43

319 4

53,802 47



31,291 25

601 11

30,303 35

387 1


31,167 17

426 19

30,078 35

663 1


20,786 5

148 8

20,431 13


Dadra And Nagar Haveli


0 0





5 0



Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,619 1

11 2

7,479 3


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