This World Toilet Day, be the change you want to see in the world.
The action website tells the ancient story of the hummingbird. She is this year's symbol of doing whatever you can – however small – to help solve the sanitation and water crisis.
Ever since World Water Day back in March, thousands of people have been inspired to make personal commitments alongside those of governments, companies, organizations, institutions and coalitions.
The options are simple:
- Break taboos: Talk about the critical connection between toilets, water and menstruation.
- Flush safe: Fix leaking water and waste pipes, empty full septic tanks and report dumping of sludge.
- Stop polluting: Don’t put food waste, oils, medicines and chemicals down the toilet or drains.
- Build pressure: Write to elected representatives about budgets for improving water and sanitation at home and abroad.
Coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), AquaFed – the International Federation of Private Water Operators, and the World Youth Parliament for Water for World Water Day; and, by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for World Toilet Day.
The Task Force consists of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), CDP Worldwide, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Green Climate Fund, Global Water Partnership (GWP), Human Right 2 Water, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), International Groundwater Resources Assessment Centre (IGRAC), International Labour Organization (ILO), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Public Services International (PSI), Sanitation and Water for All (SWA), Toilet Board Coalition, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Department of Economic andSocial Affairs (UNDESA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Global Compact, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Women for Water Partnership (WfWP), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).