Report on the right to information on hazardous substances and wastes

Published:
8 July 2015
Author:
Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights
Presented:
To the Human Rights Council’s 30th session

Background

Pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 27/23, the Special Rapporteur presented his first thematic report on right to information to the thirtieth session of the Human Rights Council.

Summary

In this report, the Special Rapporteur clarifies the scope and content of the right to information throughout the life cycle of hazardous substances and wastes and identifies several challenges that have emerged in realizing this right, as well as potential solutions to these problems. He discusses several obligations of States and the responsibilities of business in relation to implementing the right to information on hazardous substances and wastes.

Methodology

As part of his consultation process, the Special Rapporteur invited States, intergovernmental organizations, national and international non-governmental organizations, national human rights institutions, United Nations agencies and entities, academia and all other interested stakeholders to contribute their views and perspectives in writing through a questionnaire.

The Special Rapporteur received 48 responses, and is grateful for all the contributions. Find links to all inputs received below.

Side event, related documents and statements

On 18 September, 2015, the Geneva Environment Network and the Special Rapporteur organized a side event in the margins of the 30th session of the Human Rights Council on the right to information on hazardous substance and waste.

Statement – 30th session of the Human Rights Council

Press release

Video (Part I and Part II) of the interactive dialogue at the 30th session of the Human Rights Council


Inputs received

States

International Organizations

Civil Society

National Human Rights Institutions

Industry

  • Cefic (The European Chemical Industry Council) 1-2

Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Focal Points



Special Procedures
Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights
Recent Thematic Reports

Duty to prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus (A/HRC/45/12) (2020)

25th anniversary of the mandate (A/75/290) (2020)

Duty to prevent exposure to toxics (A/74/480) (2019)

Principals to protect workers (A/HRC/42/41) (2019)

Workers' rights toxic exposures (A/HRC/39/48) (2018)

First Report to GA (A/73/567) (2018)

Guidelines for good practices (A/HRC/36/41) (2017)

Rights of the child (A/HRC/33/41) (2016)

Right to information (A/HRC/30/40) (2015)

Issues in Focus
Contact information

Dr. Marcos A. Orellana, Special Rapporteur on Toxics and Human Rights

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