Valuing Toilets


The World Toilet Organization, which endeavours to improve sanitation and public hygiene on a global scale, set November 19, its founding day, as World Toilet Day in 2001.

At that time, 2.5 billion people around the world had been suffering from poor sanitation.

The sanitation is an essential condition for people’s health and clean life environment.

More than 3.6 billion people live without proper sanitation today, despite the ongoing commitments to achieve sustainable development on sanitation and hygiene for all and nearly one billion people evacuate the bowels outdoors.

For poor sanitation, the danger of diseases and malnutrition are growing among women and children in particular.

However, governments and organizations fail to pay due attention to this effort, and investment in this field is very small.

To cope with the realities and thanks to the efforts of the WTO and other international organizations, the UN officially set November 19 as World Toilet Day in 2013 as mandated by its General Assembly resolution titled “Sanitation for All” to make sanitation a global development priority.

Activities for providing billions of people, who live without proper sanitation, with sanitation conditions, doing away with old custom for toilets and improving toilets with negative effect on the health of people and social life as a whole are conducted to mark World Toilet Day.

The theme for World Toilet Day this year is “Valuing Toilets”.

With COVID-19 being widespread in the world, it is more important than ever to attach importance to sewage and sanitation.

The DPRK has long prioritized the building of infrastructure in all construction projects and directed big efforts to this work on the basis of recognizing the importance of sewage treatment and private hygiene.

The state ensures that each dwelling house is furnished with sanitation facility and provides people with houses free of charge, while giving precedence to the construction of water works on the principle of prioritizing the construction of infrastructure lest there should be any inconvenience for residents.

Terms of articles in law concerning the installation of conveniences and safety equipment for disabled soldiers in WCs were amended and supplemented and in 2020 a measure was taken to build toilets inside newly-built rural houses.

The state also makes sure that indoor sanitation facilities are built when rebuilding houses and public buildings in the wake of natural disaster.

Meanwhile, activities are conducted to make sewage and rubbish harmless and recycle them in order to prevent environmental pollution.

Yu Su Jong, deputy department director of the Ministry of Urban Management