March 7, 2012
The German Toilet Organization and more than 100 people demonstrated on 22nd March for Water and Sanitation.
Thanks to all participants an the organizator WASH-Network and Viva con Agua Berlin.
Watch the video and the pictures to get an impression of the event.
October 24, 2011
About 60 school children built a toilet throne in front of the historic Red City Hall to highlight the significance of sanitation for the social, economic and ecological evolution of man.
The motto of the event was “The Loo-volution – No development without toilets” which formed part of the education program for development “ gLOObalized World”. The project aims to raise the awareness and the commitment of school children to become more involved in development cooperation.
We would like to thank all the students who participated for their outstanding effort and commitment and especially Sandy, Lea, Patricia and Weronika for the great press conference.
With your enthusiasm and many creative ideas you really help us to communicate a most neglected issue.
Watch our clip on the rally at Berlin City Hall:
GTO held student rally on world health day at Berlin's Potsdamer Platz
During the rally, which had "Save lives with toilets" as its motto, the students highlighted the significant contribution that sanitation makes towards human health and the fatal consequences stemming from the lack of sanitation for a large part of the world‘s population. Dressed as nurses and carrying stethoscopes, toilet bowls and painted toilet seats they emphazised their message: "Sanitation is the best preventive medicine."
State secretary of the BMZ (Ministry of economic co-operation and development) Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, who was attending the rally, acknowledged the civil commitment of the students and thanked the GTO.
The creative presentations were prepared by the students as part of our project "Toiletised World". The project is funded by the city of Berlin and the BMZ.
Die Uhr tickt. Bis 2015 soll die Anzahl der Menschen der Weltbevölkerung ohne Zugang zu angemessener Sanitärversorgung laut Millienumsziel der UN halbiert werden. Derzeit leben 2,6 Milliarden Menschen ohne angemessene Sanitärversorgung.
Aus diesem Anlass demonstrierten über 100 Schüler vor der Weltzeituhr auf dem Alexanderplatz gegen den sanitären Notstand. Sie präsentierten ihre Ideen, die sie gemeinsam mit der GTO im Rahmen des entwicklungspolitischen Bildungsprojektes „Klobalisierte Welt“ entwickelt hatten.
Schau den Film zur Aktion auf dem Berliner Alexanderplatz!
From August 6 to August 8, 2010 the “Friedensfestival” took place at Berlin Alexanderplatz .
The GTO attracted publicity with our “Where would you hide?”-exhibition for two days. Many interesting conversation had been held and we have received support from over 100 (!) visitors who made a stand in our “Voices for Sanitation”-photo campaign.
We want to thank the organisers for the successful festival and also of course all our new supporters of our effort - not to forget the GTO-volunteers that made our appearance a success.
May 29, 2010
It’s been 100 years since the lucky folk of Dresden have had access to a municipal water supply, something for which most of the world's population are still waiting! To mark this happy event, the Sanitation is Dignity exhibition hit the streets of central Dresden to remind people that not everybody in the world shares their good fortune. The event was a tremendouse success with yet more people "lending" their voices to the cause.
November 19, 2009
As part of World Toilet Day 2009 the GTO prepared a toilet-rally in front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. Together with five Berlin high schools, the GTO raised awareness for the global sanitation crisis.
September 12, 2009
The Sanitation is Dignity exhibition took to the road and made an appearance in Potsdam's railway station as part of Africa Day. This was the first time that the exhibition had been shown in a shopping centre
We'd like to thank the numerous vistors who visited the exhibition and had a photo taken or made a statement to express their outrage at the worldwide sanitation crisis. We would also like to thank the organisers of Africa Day.
July 26, 2009
The GTO took the "Where Would You Hide?" exhibition to the Unite-the-Nation Peace Festival.
The Unite-the-Nation peace Festival took place last Saturday (25. July 2009) in front of the Brandenburg Gate, and once again the GTO was there to join the party. With folklore and music the festival created an excellent atmosphere that brought together people from all strata of society, and despite the terrible weather the many visitors testified to its success. And that was before Nina Hagen had even showed up!
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many visitors who demonstrated their interest in our work.
From the 30th of March until the 3rd of April we presented information on sanitation at our public exhibition WASsERLEBEN at the international trade fair and congress for water and wastewater: WASSER BERLIN.
In cooperation with AG Water from the NGO network "Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung" (Forum on Environment and Development) the German Toilet Organization provided information on the critical interrelation between sustainable sanitation and health, poverty reduction, economic growth, social development and environmental protection.
We were able to welcome an amazing array of people to our stand; teachers, students and many more. It really provided us with an excellent opportunity to present our school programme "Klobalisierte Welt" (toiletised world) which we will launch in 2009 as part of Global Learning in Germany.
Download of the abstract of "Klobalisierte Welt". Please note that the abstract is in German only.
Thanks very much to all our visitors and supporters at the fair. We really appreciated the positive feedback and interest that we received! And special thanks go to the inumerable students that brought the event to life though their curiosity and attention.
If you have questions concerning our presentation at the fair please contact us via mail with the subject line "wasserleben". For questions concerning the school programme please use the same email address, but the subject line “Klobalisierte Welt".
The ISH, which was held between the 10th and the 14th of March 2009 in Frankfurt, is the world's largest trade fair focused on the bathroom experience, building, energy, air-conditioning technology, and renewable energies.
The German Toilet Organization was invited to be a featured exhibitor with its exhibition “Where Would You Hide?" and presented its "Sanitation is Dignity" Campaign to an appreciative audience.
We were overwhelmed by the high level of attendance at our exhibition during the ISH.
Thanks to all those, who supported our work by having their picture taken at our supporter point. Your participation in our "Sanitation is Dignity" Campaign helps to break the toilet taboo and to raise awareness for the oft neglected sanitation topic.
If you like to support our work, please click here.
The 19th of November was World Toilet Day and 2008 was the International Year of Sanitation.
The German Toilet Organization organised a press conference in the name of the Action Group Water* (AG Water) of the German NGO network "Forum Umwelt und Entwicklung" (Forum for Environment and Development). The conference took place in front of Berlin's central station.
With this press conference the AG Water drew attention to the world wide emergency in sanitation and to alternative waste water disposal systems.
Under the slogan "100,000 sustainable toilets as a model for the future" the AG Water handed over a policy paper to the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Mr. Erich Stather.
Toilets were the focus of the day, and since over 50 toilet bowls served as seats for this "Public Session", this was quite literally the case! The toilets represented sustainable sanitary concepts and this tied in with the sustainable toilet models that were presented.
- Erich Stather, State Secretary, BMZ
- Michael Bender, GRÜNE LIGA/Forum Umwelt & Entwicklung
- Thilo Panzerbieter, German Toilet Organization
- Claudia Wendland, Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF)
- Stefan Reuter, BORDA
- Susanne Laudahn, SODI
- GTO – German Toilet Organization
- Berliner Wassertisch
- BORDA – Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association
- GRÜNE LIGA
- SODI – Solidaritätsdienst International
- WECF – Women in Europe for a Common Future
On the 21st of November 2007, the UN launched the "International Year of
Santation" at its Headquarters in New York. The GTO had the honour of presenting
some of their campaign materials for 2008 at the event.
Check out the UNICEF-video to get an impression.