World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is about inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste.

The Sustainable Development Goals, launched in 2015, include the goal of ensuring that everyone have access to a safely managed household toilet by 2030. This makes decent sanitation central to eradicating extreme poverty.

In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated Nov. 19 as World Toilet Day, which is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. (World Toilet Day)

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World Toilet Day

A man uses a public toilet in Amritsar, India. (Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A man enters a toilet movil in Guatemala City, Guatemala. (Photo: Ohan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A private toilet in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria. (Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Shanties with hanging toilets, and waste that runs straight into the river below, Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet at Haewoojae Culture Center in Suwon, south of Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

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The interior of the historic public toilet at the Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure in Moscow. (Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

The public rest room at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. (Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

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An open-air toilet and a hot spring shower, near Lake Myvatn in northeastern Iceland. (Photo: Mariana Suarez/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet in the Kosovo capital of Pristina. (Photo: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

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A squat toilet in Dakar, Senegal. (Photo: Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A toilet cabin in an industrial area of Pilisvorosvar, Hungary. (Photo: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images)

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A public toilet in Dakar, Senegal. (Photo: Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet (with a sign reading “Out of Service”) at Pushkinskaya Square in downtown Moscow.(Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Public toilets in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Portable toilets near the Capitol and the National Mall on January 11, 2009, set up for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. (Photo: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Public toilets at the Port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece. (Photo: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet on a street in Amritsar, India. (Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Portable toilets near Porta Maggiore, Rome. (Photo: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet in San Salvador, El Salavador. (Photo: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Public toilets in the West Bank town of Hebron, Israel/Palestine. (Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Portable toilets at a settlement in Khayelitsha, a township outside of Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet in the Plateau business district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet at Klafthmonos Square in Athens, Greece. (Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A red toilet in the garden of a hotel in Isla Grande, outside of Panama City, Panama. (Photo: Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Toilet cleaning in an impoverished neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Photo: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A mobile toilet facility inHyderabad, India. (Photo: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Toilets in an informal settlement in Langa, a township outside of Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo: Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Bay Ismoyo/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A portable toilet in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria. (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A public toilet in the slum of Kibera, Nairobi. (Photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Public toilets in the Kawangware district of Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo: Simon Maina/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

Indian men urinate outside a locked public toilet in Amritsar, India. (Photo: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images)

World Toilet Day

A worker at the ornate men’s toilets in the Philharmonic dining rooms in Liverpool, England. (Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)