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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes

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Baskut Tuncak is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes.

Baskut Tuncak was appointed the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, also informally known as the “Special Rapporteur on toxics” in 2014. His mandate was renewed in September 2017 for a period of three years.

Baskut is the founder of Common Rights, a multi-disciplinary advisory firm on sustainable development and human rights. He is an attorney and chemist, specializing in toxic pollution related matters. Baskut has nearly 20 years of professional experience in private and public sectors, divided between work as a research scientist with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and senior legal positions with non-profit organizations and research institutions. He has also served as an advisor to various initiatives of United Nations agencies, national governments, public-interest organizations and philanthropic donors. In addition, Baskut is an adjunct professor at Boğaziçi University.