UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Input on Access to Information on Hazardous Wastes
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Baskut Tuncak, the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, is calling for input for his annual report to the Human Rights Council.

The theme of his 2015 report is the right of access to information with respect to hazardous substances.

13 February 2015: Baskut Tuncak, the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, is calling for input for his annual report to the Human Rights Council. The theme of his 2015 report is the right of access to information with respect to hazardous substances.

In reviewing the right of access to information in the field of hazardous substances and wastes, the Special Rapporteur is examining the legal framework, identifying information gaps and analyzing how access to information is implemented at national, local and municipal levels, and by different government bodies in practice. The Special Rapporteaur will also focus on barriers to the right of access to information, with the aim of mitigating the adverse impacts of hazardous substances and wastes on human rights.

To facilitate his work, the Special Rapporteaur is soliciting input from governments, civil society and business. Specific questionnaires are available for each group. Contributions should be submitted to srtoxicwaste@ohchr.org, no later than 15 March 2015. The report will be presented to the Human Rights Council in September 2015. [Government questionnaire] [Civil Society questionnaire] [Business questionnaire] [Special Rapporteur’s Website]

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