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About World Toilet Organisation

The World Toilet Organization (WTO) was founded on 19 November, 2001. It is a global non-profit committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. WTO established the World Toilet Summit in 2001, followed by the World Toilet College in 2005. Through its initiatives, WTO continues to provide an international platform for toilet associations, governments, academic institutions, foundations, UN agencies, and corporate stakeholders to exchange knowledge and leverage media and corporate support in an effort to promote sanitation and public health policies.

Owing to the organisation’s continued commitment and advocacy towards the global WASH issue, the United Nations General Assembly declared 19th November as UN World Toilet Day through a resolution sponsored by the Singapore government on WTO’s behalf in 2013. The organisation was also granted a consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 2013.

Why Toilets?

About 2.3 billion people worldwide (almost 1 in 3) do not have access to a safe toilet facility. Lack of decent toilets and clean water causediarrhoeal diseases that on average claim the lives of almost 800 children every day (1 every 2 minutes). The poor sanitation infrastructure makes life even more difficult for women and girls, transgender or intersex communities, older people, and people with disabilities. Decision makers in the WASH sector lack education, technical expertise and platforms to improve these abysmal conditions.

About World Toilet Summit

The World Toilet Summit (WTS) is an important pillar of the World Toilet Organization’s (WTO) advocacy and outreach initiatives. It is a unique global platform, which brings together governments, international institutions, private sector stakeholders, industry experts and NGOs, annually for a cross-sector collaboration to facilitate multi-sectoral dialogues and discussions on empowerment of delegates, expertise and resources in order to scale up impact and innovation in the 21st century WASH issues.

Along with insightful discussions and keynote lectures from renowned public figures, the summit serves as a global platform for participants to present their latest work in the form of papers, posters or case studies. The first World Toilet Summit was conceptualized in 2001, at a time when toilets and sanitation faired low on the worldwide development agenda. Commencing in Singapore, on 19 November 2001, the summit has been successfully organised annually in over 13 countries (and 14 cities) since then.