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.
In the 5th General Assembly and the 11th regular board meeting will be held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, we should recognize the importance of global toilet culture and derive to make it settle down as an universally social movement.
The toilet culture movement will be the Foundation which will lead to the new future of mankind. In order to achieve the development of world toilet culture, we ask for your active participation and attention from not only member countries, but also from governments in the world, civil society and private sector.