Right to information on hazardous substances and wastes
Pursuant to Human Rights Council Resolution 27/23, the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, Mr. Baskut Tuncak, presented his first thematic report on right to information to the thirtieth session of the Human Rights Council. (See videos of the interactive dialogue – Part I and Part II).
In the report (A/HRC/30/40), 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.
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 (Government | Civil Society | Business).
The Special Rapporteur received 48 responses to a questionnaire inviting various stakeholders to contribute their views and perspectives and is grateful for all the contributions.
On 18 September, 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.