Nov. 19 is the U.N. declared World Toilet Day, created to raise awareness about people in the world who don’t have access to a safe and sanitary place to relieve themselves.
Some 2.4 billion people around the world don't have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, according to the United Nations.
The U.N. says that while there is sufficient fresh water on the planet for everyone, "bad economics and poor infrastructure" mean that every year millions of people - most of them children - die from diseases linked to poor sanitation, unhygienic living conditions and lack of clean water supplies.
. A toilet cubicle stands in a fenced off garden at Itabu railway station east of Tokyo on Oct. 13. Dubbed "the world's most spacious public toilet" by local media, the high fence surrounding the toilet can be locked from the inside, giving the user the experience of both privacy and space.
. An outdoor toilet stands in the Marcory district of Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Oct. 13. The notice on the left reads, "Strangers prohibited from using this toilet," while the sign on the right says that urinating is prohibited.
Even where there are toilets around the world, some hardly warrant the name.
. A toilet at Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif. provides a view of the Pacific ocean on Sept. 30.
. Urinals inspired by the Rolling Stones logo are seen in a bar in Paris on Oct. 15.
"One out of three women around the world lack access to safe toilets," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. "We have a moral imperative to end open defecation and a duty to ensure women and girls are not at risk of assault and rape simply because they lack a sanitation facility."
. Posters, including those advertising treatments for sexually transmitted diseases, are stuck to the walls of a public toilet in a residential area for migrant workers near Beijing on Oct. 13.
. Graffiti is painted on the bathroom walls at a restaurant in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Oct. 1.
. A toilet stands in a field on private property in the Kunashir Island town of Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Russia on Sept. 16.
. Temporary toilets stand in front of shacks in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, South Africa on Oct. 14. The slow delievery of basic services still remains a point of tension in some communities twenty years after South Africa's first democratic elections.
. The first light of dawn illuminates Mount Everest as the moon shines above a toilet block in the Tibet Autonomous Region, China on April 29, 2008.