The General Assembly has today passed a resolution  proposed by the Government of Singapore on Sanitation for All and the establishment of November 19th as World Toilet Day. 
The amusement and laughter likely to follow the designation of 19 November as “World Toilet Day” would all be worthwhile if people’s attention was drawn to the fact that 2.5 billion people lacked proper sanitation and 1.1 billion were forced to defecate in the open, the General Assembly heard today. 
In a statement issued immediately following the Assembly’s action, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said that the new annual observance would “go a long way toward raising awareness about the need for all human beings to have access to sanitation”. 
Over 100 UN delegations are said to be co-sponsoring the “Sanitation for all” resolution — including Bangladesh, Viet Nam, Jamaica and the United Kingdom .
The UN General Assembly has requested UN-Water to facilitate the implementation of World Toilet Day in the context of Sanitation for All .
 Sanitation for All. UN General Assembly A/67/L.75, 17 July 2013. Full text
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 UN News, 24 July 2013
 UN adopts S’pore’s resolution on sanitation, ChannelNews Asia, 24 July 2013