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Annual thematic reports

Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights

Since the establishment of the mandate in 1995, the Special Rapporteurs on toxics and human rights have produced a number of reports on the human rights implications of hazardous substances and waste with regards to specific themes.

Below is a table containing information on all thematic reports.

Year Report
number and link
Title Additional information
2023

A/78/169

Shipping, toxics and human rights View statement and press release
2023

A/HRC/54/25

The toxic impacts of some proposed climate change solutions View statement and press release
2022

A/77/183

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The impact of toxic substances on the human rights of indigenous peoples View statement and press release Watch interactive dialogue
2022

A/HRC/51/35

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Mercury, small-scale gold mining and human rights View statement (Spanish) and press release Watch interactive dialogue
2021

A/76/207

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The stages of the plastics cycle and their impacts on human rights View statement and press release
2021

A/HRC/48/61

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The right to science in the context of toxic substances View statement and press release Watch interactive dialogue
2020 A/75/290 Twenty-five years of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes: an analysis of its evolution, current challenges and the way forward View statement and press release Watch interactive dialogue
2020 A/HRC/45/12 Duty to prevent exposure to the COVID-19 virus View statement and press release Watch interactive dialogue (view press release) View feature story
2020 A/HRC/45/CRP.10 (English only) The human right to an effective remedy: the case of lead-contaminated housing in Kosovo  
2019 A/74/480 States’ duty to prevent exposure View statement Watch interactive dialogue
2019 A/HRC/42/41 Principles on human rights and the protection of workers from exposure to toxic substances View statement Watch interactive dialogue - part 1 | part 2
2018 A/73/567 First report of the Special Rapporteur on toxics and human rights to the General Assembly View statement Watch the Special Rapporteur’s presentation Watch the press conference
2018 A/HRC/39/48 Workers’ Rights and Toxic Exposures View statement and press release Watch interactive dialogue
2017 A/HRC/36/41 Guidelines for good practices in relation to the human rights obligations related to the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes Watch interactive dialogue
2016 A/HRC/33/41 Impact of toxics and pollution on children's rights View statement and press release
2015 A/HRC/30/40 Right to information on hazardous substances and waste View statement and press release
2014 A/HRC/27/54 Preliminary and scoping report View statement Watch interactive dialogue (Part I | Part II)
2013 A/HRC/24/39 Preliminary and scoping report Watch interactive dialogue (Part I | Part II)
2012 A/HRC/21/48 Human rights and extractive industries Corrigendum A/HRC/21/48/Corr.1 Watch interactive dialogue
2011 A/HRC/18/31 Medical waste  
2010 A/HRC/15/22 Review of work and activities  
2010 A/HRC/15/22/Add.1 Communications to and from Governments  
2009 A/HRC/12/26 The adverse effects of shipbreaking on the enjoyment of human rights  
2009 A/HRC/12/26/Add.1 Communications to and from Governments  
2008 A/HRC/9/22 Adverse effects on human rights and right to information and participation  
2008 A/HRC/9/22/Add.1 Communications to and from Governments  
2008 A/HRC/7/21 The right to information and participation  
2008 A/HRC/7/21/Add.1 Communications to and from Governments  
2007 A/HRC/5/5 Legal framework related to the release of toxic and dangerous products during armed conflict  

Previous annual reports

Download a compilation of summaries of previous annual reports (from 1996 to 2014)