How did you celebrate UN World Toilet Day 19 Nov. 2013 (and media report for 2012)

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How did you celebrate UN World Toilet Day 19 Nov. 2013 (and media report for 2012)

Hello SuSanA,

-The UN General Assembly has adopted 19 Nov World Toilet Day as an Official UN Day.

-Let's leverage on this highest legitimacy for our work. The taboo is officialy broken and I am very proud to be working with SuSanA as partners on this journey.

-Let's prepare now to celebrate World Toilet Day in all ways to effectively mobilize resources for proper sanitation coverages. We can mobilize local celebrities, politicians, NGOs, schools and people to celebrate the toilet and in doing so elevate the status of the Toilet as an object of desire.

-One of the best and most sustianable ways is to turn Sanitation into business. The experience of SaniShop micro-franchising has proven that the poor are entrepreneurial and we can create jobs while delivering sanitation systems ar very low cost made with local material with aspirational status.

-I'll need all your ideas of how you see we can capitalize on this opportunity.

Looking forward to hear your thoughts.

I want to work closely with SuSanA.

Jack Sim

Founder of World Toilet Organization

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Dear Jack ,

This is just great!
What a year for us; Peter Morgan is WWW prize laureate and now Jack managed to get World Toilet Day to become a UN day.

For anyone interested here is the link to the Resolution and UN Deputy Secretary Jan Eliasson call for action "Big or Small –Sanitation for All",
Jan Eliasson is former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Sweden and former secretary for the UN Assembly: sanitationdrive2015.org/call-to-action/

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Re: UN adopts 19 November (World Toilet Day) as Official UN Day !!

we are equally thrilled- massive congratulations to Jack and his supporters

LET'S CELEBRATE THE TOILET on 19th!!!

(attention: teaser: more to follow ;)



and now we also hope that we can achieve the same with Menstrual Hygiene Day in the near future!

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Re: UN adopts 19 November (World Toilet Day) as Official UN Day !!

Dear all

Please let us start sharing ideas of how we are going to celebrate World Toilet Day this year?

All ideas are welcome.

Ideas for individuals, for organisations, for community groups, for online communities!

Lets do some crowd sourced brainstorming!

Looking forward to reading about your ideas.

All the best
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Re: UN adopts 19 November (World Toilet Day) as Official UN Day !!

Hello
I have an idea that focused on the poor families and marginal groups who started use toilet during 2012 and continued till today. the idea is to learn from poor families about their expression that created due to availability of toilet for them. then , we should collect photos for interviewees and publish a booklet of success stories. this can be repeat every year and use to encourage the process of install toilet for poor families.

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One of poor woman received hygiene materials and already has a toilet that installed at her house

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Re: UN adopts 19 November (World Toilet Day) as Official UN Day !!

Dear all,

The following video features Jack Sim and his vision on the importance of looking at the poor as customers, and the big breakthrough that could result from that. As already mentioned by Jack, turning sanitation into business is a feasible way to wider sanitation coverage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrCvrAuW5VU&feature=youtu.be

Please share your thoughts and ideas on how to celebrate World Toilet Day on 19 November!

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What exciting news and what a great opportunity to connect on that day!
At x-runner we are planning an open house event in our hub here in Lima for individuals, partners, friends, organizations, and more. We will host compost tours and show our new toilets. We want people here in Lima to understand how dry sanitation can work in a very attractive and professional way.
As there will be many other events going on all over the world (offline and online) it would be wonderful to have a platform where organizations, enterprises and projects could post these (videos, pictures - somebody would have to curate the site). By doing so, we can create an exciting overview of the amount of opportunities that exist or are in the working in the alternative sanitation sector today.

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And here a further video of Jack Sim at TEDx Taipei in 2012!



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Re: #CelebrateTheToilet Social Media Campaign

Hi Friends of WASH United! :woohoo:

We've launched a global social media campaign building up to World Toilet Day inspire people to recognise the incredible value of the toilet in our daily lives! We would be grateful for your support & participation on this fun & interactive campaign.

The story is this: for the first time in history, the Toilet is finally getting the respect it deserves.

In July, the UN General Assembly declared November 19 to be World Toilet Day. What could be more appropriate to celebrate this incredible achievement than to throw a huge party for the toilet, all around the world?

WASH United and partners are doing exactly that! With World Toilet Organization, American Standard, Toilet Hackers, WaterAid, WSSCC, Water for People, German WASH Network & the German Foreign Office, we proudly launch ‘Celebrate theToilet!', a playful, awareness-raising campaign that engages people worldwide to celebrate, honor and pay respect to the Toilet for everything it's done to save human lives.

How to join the 'party':

- Like the official Celebrate the Toilet Facebook page & follow the campaign. Tell others to do the same!
- Visit celebratethetoilet.org (live Oct. 16) and leave your congratulations on the virtual toilet wall. Also, spread the word by sharing the campaign through social media using the hashtag #CelebrateTheToilet
- Show us how you celebrate the toilet: Participate in our photo competition! Post images via Instagram and Facebook (or email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) using #CelebrateTheToilet & and win a year's supply LooLoo Paper!
- Begin thinking about how YOU will organise your own "Celebrate the Toilet!" party on November 19 - in the office, at home, or just you in your own bathroom! :P

By appreciating something that we normally take for granted, this campaign serves to remind us that more than 2.5 billion people around the world still do not have a safe and hygienic toilet.

Attached is our Social Media Toolkit, complete with props to inspire you in your celebration of the toilet. I can also send posters & sticker designs for you to use however you'd like!

Let me know if you have any questions. Until, then, thank you in advance for spreading the word about the campaign!

Thank you,
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Re: #CelebrateTheToilet Social Media Campaign

Dear Danielle,
Great to see you (& WASH United) on the forum! Could you please check your post, as the attachment with the toolkit that you posted above does not work properly?

One thing I am wondering about regarding all the media attention and "hoo-ha" about "celebrating the toilet": most of the time (like in your post above), the toilet is symbolised by a ceramic pedestal which looks a lot like a Western style flush toilet. I wonder if all the people who are used to squatting toilets (pour flush or dry) would really identify with that toilet symbol? Is it really sending out the right message?
I am wondering if you have had debates about this in your teams and how you made the final decision.

Obviously, all the messages have to be very plain and simple. I still find it a little bit problematic. After all, it is not actually the toilet that is so phantastic, but the whole sanitation & hygiene issues that are connected to toilets.

Anyway, I am still happy that we have this "United Nations World Toilet Day" from this year onwards. I guess a "UN World Sanitation Day" would not have worked for mass communications...

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Re: #CelebrateTheToilet Social Media Campaign

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for your thoughtful response, as well as your interactions on Twitter re: the "Celebrate the Toilet!" campaign. I apologize for not responding in a timely manner - we are right in the middle of the campaign & we are organizing three high-level events in three cities worldwide. Needless to say, we've been extremely busy.

To address your concerns about the campaign:
1. " the toilet in all the 'Celebrate the Toilet' campaign material is symbolised by a ceramic pedestal which looks a lot like a Western style flush toilet. I wonder if all the people who are used to squatting toilets (pour flush or dry) would really identify with that toilet symbol? Is it really sending out the right message?"

- The reason we are using the flush toilet as the main image of the campaign is because this campaign is mainly targeted at developed countries (or the 'Global North') who are completely unaware of the WASH crisis. This was strategically decided by our creative, media and communications teams. We do not ignore squat toilets or other kinds of toilets in our communications; they are mentioned in many forms of Facebook campaign content. They are just not the central toilet figure we are focusing on for this campaign.

By using the toilet model that most Europeans or Americans are familiar with, the aim is to make the mundane and rudimentary, amazing and spectacular. With our positive, fun and eccentric communications, photo contest and wall-signing imperatives, our strategic intent is to point out that many people take the value of the toilet for granted. The campaign serves to enlighten WASH conscientiousness and give people an opportunity to see the toilet in a different light, and engage with the toilet not as a given, but as a meaningful, significant and truly life-saving innovation that's value is worth it's weight in gold.

2. "it is not actually the toilet that is so phantastic, but the whole sanitation & hygiene issues that are connected to toilets. I guess a "UN World Sanitation Day" would not have worked for mass communications..."

We agree that WASH issues are very complicated - even the issues surrounding sanitation are not something one can explain so easily. One way to get the people who have never-before-heard of WASH is to engage them on grounds they are familiar with. Toilets are it. Toilets make it all possible. Toilets are often hush-hush conversations, considered too taboo to talk about on a daily basis - we're striving to change that. Sanitation and hygiene issues are often communicated using negative, health-based messaging. This is not effective in changing people’s attitudes and desires, let alone establishing and sustaining new ideas or beliefs around hygiene or sanitation. Using the WASH United formula of fun, games, superstar role models and positive communication, "Celebrate the Toilet!" aims to get people excited about their toilets while at the same time informing them about the current fact that there are still 2.5 billion people around the world who live every single day without a safe & hygienic toilet. To quote Jack Sim, "what you don't talk about, you can't improve."

We can all agree that toilets are more tangible than sanitation, which is why a UN Sanitation Day would not only be boring, but confusing and to some, misleading. Considering the colossal achievement of the World Toilet Organization this year to push World Toilet Day into becoming a real, UN declared Day, it only makes sense to focus on the toilet and it's lifesaving value to individuals and societies.

And lastly, to your Twitter comment about preaching to the converted, our followers span across many fields. Because we are not the traditional NGO, we have followers from the sports sector to tech startups to social businesses to local media outlets, in addition to WASH & development.

Thanks for having a vested interest in the campaign. I hope these answers satiate your thirst for more information about "Celebrate the Toilet!" and allow you to see and support our concerted efforts in a different light.


All the best from Berlin,


Danielle Keiser
Communications & Social Media
WASH United


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