Announcing «The Toilet Revolution», a Special Event on World Toilet Day, 19 November 2019

According to the World Health Organization, two billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities and nearly a billion are forced to practice open defecation. In recent years, many governments and organisations have invested into re-building the toilets of the future in order to address the sanitation crisis.

Data sensors and other digital-based solutions are playing an important part in reshaping the next generation of sanitation systems. Geneva is the heart of this unspectacular but crucial revolution, to save millions of lives. is delighted to partner with the Graduate Institute, Geneva, with the support of The Toilet Board Coalition and UN-Water, for a special event dedicated to the sanitation economy.

The conference which will take place Tuesday 19 November from 12pm to 2pm at the Maison de la Paix in Geneva, will focus on digital health innovations in the field of sanitation and will shed light on organisations based in Geneva working to improve the global sanitation landscape.


La Révolution des toilettes / The Toilet Revolution is a story on the sanitation crisis, spread over 22 episodes and published on between April and July 2019. This in-depth news feature will be printed as a Revue in November 2019 and is available for pre-order here.

The writer, Swiss journalist Arnaud Robert, found himself successively in India, China and South Africa to tell the story of the "toilet revolution". This critical global topic impacts poor countries as well as the western world, where people still believe that drinking water can be wasted in toilets.

With The Toilet Revolution, took a deep dive into the sanitation economy, addressing water management, public health, culture, ecology, scientific research, economic and social issues crucial for companies like Firmenich or Unilever, geopolitics and Geneva, which has, in a way, become the toilet capital of the world.

Join us at the Maison de la Paix, Tuesday 19.11.19, 12:00 - 2:00 PM (Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2, 1202, Geneva)

Conference program, moderated by Serge Michel, Chief Editor of

Interview, live from Pune (India) with:

  • Cheryl Hicks, Executive Director and CEO, The Toilet Board Coalition.

Followed by a panel conversation with:

  • Umej Singh Bhatia, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations Offices in Geneva

  • Nollaig Forrest, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Firmenich

  • Philippe Morier Genoud, Biologist

  • Amandeep Singh Gill, Project Lead, International Digital and AI Health Research Collaborative, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

  • Elizabeth Wamera, Technical Expert on Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene, WSSCC