World Toilet Day, a day created to help bring awareness to the fact that not everyone has access to a toilet. The goal is to spread awareness about the millions of people around the world who don’t have sanitation and safe waste removal access. The United Nations supports the initiative of the World Toilet Organization which aims to bring toilets to everyone around the world by 2030, based on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. According to the World Toilet Organization, 4.2 billion people globally live without safely-managed sanitation, and a further 673 million practice open defecation.
In honour of World Toilet Day, here’s a look at some of the toilets around the world.
Bathroom interior with claw foot bathtub. These toilets are a common sight in Canadian and United States bathrooms in homes. (Getty) Cabin lavatory/toilet in modern airplane. (Getty) Examination of Toronto's oldest surviving toilet offers a rare glimpse into how it worked. Toronto's first surveyor, John Howard, loved gadgets and had this one installed in his home, Colborne Lodge in what would become High Park. The toilet is a pan toilet, a copper pan (the bottom has fallen out) catches the poop and a lever is pulled up dipping the waste out of the pan. The lever also pulls a wire that released water from a cystern somewhere in the house. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images) The self-cleaning mechanism is demonstrated in New York City's first automatic public toilet, in Madison Square Park, on the day of its unveiling. (Photo by Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images) A urinal that has a video game console above it in the SEGA World complex in Akihabara Electric Town, Tokyo, Japan. For men a stroll to the gents has become a leap into the twenty first century, thanks to the SEGA video games corporation. The company has developed a new entertainment system which is incorporated into a public lavatory. Now rows of peeing men can spend a penny and get a great video game experience while they are at it. The "Toylet" male urinal video game provides a choice of sumo wrestling, erasing graffiti and dousing an exploding volcano. The "Toylet" works by a pressure sensor in the base of the urinal measuring the strength and location of the urine stream as it hits the basin. An LCD screen displays the game graphics and rewards the strength, length and accuracy of the pee through a typical video game points system. There are currently no plans for a multiplayer version of the "Toylet". (Photo by Matthew Tabaccos / Barcroft Medi / Getty Images) Smart public toilets available for public in Delhi Cant. area on October 9, 2014 in New Delhi, India. (Photo by Priyanka Parashar/Mint via Getty Images) Toilet in Russian diesel-electric submarine B-143 / U-480 Foxtrot type 641 at the Seafront Maritime Theme Park in Zeebrugge, Belgium. (Photo by: Arterra/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Tourists walking past a phone booth and public urinal in London. (Getty) A man giving demonstration at a glass-wall, glass-floor and glass-roof public toilet in Shiyan Lake tourist zone in south China's Hunan province on September 29, 2016 in Changsha, China. Even the gent's and the ladies' sections are separated with walls of fuzzy glass. Few people used toilet during its debut as most people came here only out of curiosity. (Photo credit Feature China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Broken toilet inside the old mineral baths, in Bankya, Bulgaria, January 2017. (Photo credit: Ioanna Sakellaraki / Barcroft Im / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) A man uses the public street urinal next to the recreational facilities at Foreigners' Street on March 15, 2017 in Chongqing, China. The public street urinals having no doors but small boards shielding men's waists appeared at Foreigners' Street in Chongqing. (Photo by Zuo Dongchen/VCG via Getty) Closeup of railroad artifacts, including a chamberpot with an inscription reading "Notice to passengers, do not empty this toilet out of train window, Central Pacific", Danville, California, June 27, 2017. (Photo via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images). A view of the toilet built on a footbridge across a road in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality Friday Feb. 23, 2018. The 11 colorful toilet closets are placed there to ease the shortage of toilets around a tourism attraction. (Photo credit: Feature China / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) An open-air urinal "Uritrottoir" stands on the banks of the Seine on the picturesque Saint-Louis Island in Paris. (Photo by Sebastian Kunigkeit/picture alliance via Getty Images) A urinal in the shape of an open mouth seen in Weimar, Germany, 17 November 2016. The model entitled 'Kisses!' was designed in 2004 by Dutch designer Meike van Schjindel. World Toilet Day draws attention to the fact that millions of people around the world have no access to sanitary faciliaties. Thuringia, on the other hand, has numerous bathrooms to offer - some of which are quite memorable. (Photo by arifoto UG/picture alliance via Getty Images) A view of a public flush toilet at the central train station in Warsaw on Monday, October 5, 2018, in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty) Real-time 'occupancy' situation of the smart toilet system is seen at Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station on February 20, 2019 in Shanghai, China. When the green light is on, it means the cubicle is ready for use. A red light indicates that the cubicle is in use. (Photo by Wang Yadong/Visual China Group via Getty Images) Men use an open air public urinal in New Mumbai, India on 08 August 2019. (Photo by Himanshu Bhatt/NurPhoto) Toilet, Urbane nation Streetartmuseum, Berlin, Germany. (Getty) A golden toilet is on display at the second China International Import Expo (CIIE) on November 4, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Han Haidan/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)