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World Toilet Day 2020 raises awareness on access to better toilets

World Toilet Day celebrates toilets and raises awareness of the 4.2 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation where as  673 million still practice open defecation and three billion lack basic handwashing facilities.  It is about taking action to tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

The day of November 19, 2020 will focus on the theme, 'Sustainable sanitation and climate change'.

World Toilet Day 2020

Climate change is accelerating. Flood, drought, and rising sea levels are threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. Floodwater can contaminate wells used for drinking water or flooding might damage toilets and spread human waste into communities and food crops, causing deadly and chronic diseases.

Everyone must have sustainable sanitation, alongside clean water and handwashing facilities, to help protect and maintain our health security and stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases such as COVID-19, cholera, and typhoid. Flood, drought and rising sea levels are threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants.

We must assure  sustainable sanitation that can withstand climate change and keep communities healthy and functioning. Sustainable sanitation systems also reuse waste to safely boost agriculture and reduce and capture emissions for greener energy.

 

‘Washing hands frequently’ is a simple daily routine of many but it is a privilege and luxury for those who do not have adequate water and sanitation services and those who face the ironic decision of whether to drink water or use the water to wash their hands.

As human rights experts of the United Nations system, we take this occasion to appeal, once again, for the governments around the world to implement or reinstate the policy of prohibiting water cuts as well as other basic supplies and to guarantee a minimum level of water and essential basic supplies to those who face difficulties to pay for those services and supplies.”

 

Source: UN Agency 

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