The Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes has the task to monitor the adverse effects that the generation, management, handling, distribution and final disposal of hazardous substances and wastes may have on the full enjoyment of human rights, including the right to food, adequate housing, health and water.
Mr. Baskut Tuncak (Turkey) assumed the mandate in August 2014.
The Special Rapporteur provides comprehensive and up-to-date information on the adverse effects that the improper management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes may have on the full enjoyment of human rights. He also reports annually to the Human Rights Council on thematic issues and country missions, and engages governments and businesses through letters of allegation and urgent appeals.
The Special Rapporteur also develops, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, a guide to best practices on the human rights obligations related to environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and waste.
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