In 2013, the UN designated 19 November as the UN World Toilet Day.
In the same year, World Toilet Organization launched the inaugural Global Urgent Run as a call to action for urgent action to end the sanitation crisis.
The flagship event organised by World Toilet Organization was held in Singapore in the picturesque East Coast Park. Over the two years, more than 50 Urgent Run events were organised in over 30 countries. Such as India, China, Pakistan, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, the United States, Germany, Italy, Cameroon, Tanzania, Ghana, Senegal and Mozambique.
Thousands of participants around the world were engaged through these Urgent Run events in the first year, and many more were engaged through social media, advocacy and media activities.
A wide range of fun and inclusive Urgent Run events were organised – from fun runs to competitive runs, community events, relays, games for children, motorbike processions and parades. Here are some highlights of Urgent Run events that took place across the world.