18 November 2021
The United Nations Postal Administration have issued a set of three stamps to mark World Toilet Day, an initiative that aims to shed light on the billions of people who live without access to safely managed sanitation.
It might sound like a comical subject to have its own day, but World Toilet Day actually has a very serious message.
The special day is observed annually on the 19 November and aims to raise awareness on the plight of the 3.6 billion people living without access to safely managed sanitation, according to the United Nations, the lack of such facilities 'undermines public health, human dignity, personal safety, and economic development.'
It is a day to inform, engage and inspire people to take action so we can tackle the global sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6: clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.
The stamp designs in detail
Each stamp depicts one of the most important ways toilets, water and hygiene add value to our lives.
Safely managed toilets and water services dispose of our waste, helping prevent food crops from being contaminated and ensuring sustainable use of water in agriculture.
Good hygiene practices are possible only with reliable and affordable water and sanitation services, which help to protect people from preventable diseases such as COVID-19 and cholera.
Toilets at home, school and workplaces particularly benefit women and girls, helping them play their full role in society, especially during menstruation and pregnancy.
The effects of climate change, such as floods, droughts and rising sea levels are threatening sanitation systems – from toilets to septic tanks to treatment plants. Floodwater can damage toilets and contaminate drinking water, which spreads human waste into our communities and food crops, causing deadly and chronic diseases. These incidents, which are becoming more frequent as climate change worsens, cause public health emergencies, and degrade the environment.