South Africa celebrates World Toilet Day
The department, in partnership with Life 4 U Foundation, will celebrate the World Toilet Day to shine the spotlight on the importance of decent toilets in communities.
"In 2013, United Nations designated 19 November as the day to celebrate World Toilet Day and has linked this with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, the aim of which is to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030," the department said.
"Today, 4.5 billion live without a safe toilet and 892 million people still practise open defecation.
"The impact of exposure to human faeces on this scale has a devastating impact upon public health, living and working conditions, nutrition, education and economic productivity across the world," the UN said on its site.
This year's campaign is based on the following narrative: "When nature calls, we need a toilet".
But, billions of people don't have one. This means human faeces, on a massive scale, are not being captured or treated – contaminating the water and soil that sustain human life.
"We are turning our environment into an open sewer. We must build toilets and sanitation systems that work in harmony with ecosystems," said the UN.
According to the UN, nature-based sanitation solutions (NBS) harness the power of ecosystems to help treat human waste before it returns to the environment.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)
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