UN Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak: Pollution is Back

“A right to freedom from pollution? Human rights in a changing climate”

After years of attention towards climate change, broader concerns regarding pollution are rising on political agendas around the world.

Pollution is back, says international lawyer Baskut Tuncak, who is informally known as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on “toxics.” He will hold a lecture on 27 September in Lund, Sweden about the role of human rights in the global efforts to combat pollution.

Under the headline “A right to freedom from pollution? Human rights in a changing climate,” Tuncak, who is a senior researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute, will provide his views on the role of human rights in preventing and providing remedy for hostile impacts of pollution in the face of a changing political and economic climate around the world.

The lecture is the first in a series of human rights-related lectures held in co-operation with the Association of Foreign Affairs at Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Date and time: 27 September, 19:00-21:00

Location: Café Athen, Sandgatan 2, 22350 Lund, Sweden

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About Baskut Tuncak

Baskut is an international lawyer, specializing in laws and policies on the management of toxic chemicals and other environmental issues. He is currently a senior researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and a visiting scholar at American University Washington College of Law. Previously, Mr Tuncat was a senior attorney with the not-for-profit Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) and a synthetic chemist with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and synthetic biology companies. He has served in various advisory roles to both governmental and non-governmental initiatives.