Delegation of the European Union
to the United Nations - New York

EU Statement – United Nations 4th Committee: Effects of Atomic Radiation

New York, 02/11/2017 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 171205_4
Statements on behalf of the EU

European Union Statement delivered by Ms. Anne Kemppainen, Minister Counsellor, Head of Political Section for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, Delegation of the European Union in Geneva, at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee, Agenda item 51: Effects of atomic radiation.

Mr. Chairman,

  1. I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The Candidate Countries Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

  1. The EU and its Member States wish to express their satisfaction with the outcome of the 64th Session of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) held in Vienna from 29 May to 2 June 2017.
  2. The work and assessments undertaken by the Scientific Committee in assessing the effects of radiation on human health and the environment are important. They continue to play an important role in improving international scientific understanding of levels of exposure to ionizing radiation and its health and environmental effects.
  3. On the basis of its scientific authority, the Committee is essential in supplying the international community with high quality information within various areas connected to the sources, exposures and effects of ionizing radiation.
  4. We continue to welcome the Committee’s focus on quality criteria for epidemiological studies of radiation effects and its decision to publish a dedicated document. We look forward to the positive impact of such an approach. We also welcome the Committee’s findings that similar principles and approaches should be applied to the selection and inclusion of literature from other sciences, such as radiobiology, radiation dosimetry and radiation physics, into future reviews and evaluations of the Committee.
  5. We welcome the Committee’s intention to issue electronically, on its website, the evaluation of thyroid cancer data in regions affected by the Chernobyl accident. We note with the Committee that discerning the effect of exposure to ionizing radiation contributing to this complicated situation requires both careful epidemiological analysis and basic research of processes in molecular biology.

Mr. Chairman,

  1. The European Union welcomes the Scientific Committee’s future plan, to incorporate quality criteria for the Committee’s reviews of epidemiological studies, and epidemiological studies of cancer risk due to low dose-rate radiation from environmental sources. Further, the Committee approved its 2017 White paper on the developments since its 2013 Report on the levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
  2. The Committee’s approach is in line with the EU priorities reflected in the strategic agenda of its research community in radiation protection and contributes to the Multidisciplinary European Low Dose Initiative – MELODI.

I thank you Mr. Chairman.


* The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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