Past one year, the whole world has suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. The crisis still persists and many efforts are being made to prevent the spread, but various dangerous situations clearly threaten the survival of human life.
Even under these difficult circumstances, the value of water and sanitation is becoming more urgent, and WTA silently has developed the toilet culture movement with toilet families around the world to preserve the dignity of human life.
For the major project of the association, the toilet construction support project for developing countries, we newly built 3 public toilets in Thanlyn Co-operation University, Myanmar(for Men's Room), Balanga Wetland and Nature Park, Bataan, Philippines, and Kuang Si Falls, Luang Prabang, Laos. Now we have 41 public toilets in 17 countries.
In addition, the 7th World Toilet Leaders Forum which is an educational training program for toilet experts and government officials in developing countries was held on at the online platform which using the video conference system.
This event was held as a way to achieve the UN SDG 6.2, also it was conducted in contactless for the first time to prevent the spread of COVID-19, unlike the existing format.
In the coming year, the public toilet construction support project in developing countries is planned to newly construct 2 toilets by selecting a supported country through a proposal contest. According to the situation of COVID-19, the World Toilet Leaders Forum will be held face-to-face or contactless and will share the status of each country's toilet culture policy and operation examples.
Furthermore, as an organization with the consultative status of the UN ECOSOC, we will strengthen our network to facilitate partnerships with various stakeholders.
The 11th regular board meeting and the 5th regular general assembly which were postponed due to Malaysia's internal situation and COVID-19, will be held in Suwon, South Korea in the coming November.
In this general assembly, we will recognize the importance of toilet culture in the international community through the values of water and sanitation and lead cooperation so that the toilet culture movement can become a universal civil society movement.
The toilet culture movement will be the basis for leading the future of mankind. We ask for active participation and attention from the governments, civil society, and private sectors of not only member countries but also countries around the world so that we can fulfill our vocation of the development of global toilet culture.