World Toilet Day: 19 November 2016
The United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet day in 2013 with a call to action aimed at eliminating open defecation by 2025. Read the Regional Director’s message dedicated to this important day calling for countries to step up efforts in providing sanitation which is a prerequisite for better health.
World Water Day: 22 March 2016
Every year, 22 March is observed as World Water Day to highlight the multiple uses of water and to advocate for managing water resources sustainably for current and future generations. The theme for 2016 is “Water and Jobs” – to give special attention to those who work in water-related sectors.
World Toilet Day 2014 - Improving sanitation would deliver enormous economic benefits
With inadequate sanitation accounting for health and economic losses of over 6 per cent of GDP improvements in sanitation and related hygiene behaviour has the potential to deliver huge economic benefits. These benefits would be most felt by the millions of people that make up the poorest sections of society. Investing in sanitation makes sound sense in terms of economics, society and human rights.
The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in Nepal has committed itself to mainstreaming Water Safety Plans (WSPs) across all the country’s 75 districts. The country has significant water quality problems and the government is urgently seeking to address regular cholera outbreaks.
Ms Payden Regional Adviser Water & Sanitation World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia World Health House Indraprastha Estate Mahatma Gandhi Marg New Delhi 110 002, India email: firstname.lastname@example.org