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

 

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

New York, 06/11/2018 - 23:38, UNIQUE ID: 181106_14
Statements on behalf of the EU

6 November 2018, New York – European Union Statement by Mr. Guillaume Dabouis, First Counsellor, Head of Political Section, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, at the UN General Assembly 73rd Session Fourth Committee, meeting on effects of atomic radiation

Mr. Chairman,

 

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.

 

The EU and its Member States wish to express their satisfaction with the outcome of the 65th Session of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation held in Vienna from 11 to 14 June 2018.

 

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.

 

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. We note that the committee work served as reference to seek resolution of disputes with regard to Import Bans of goods likely to contain radionuclides and testing and certification requirements in such case. The Committee’s work also served to the Commission on Safety Standards of the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Chernobyl.

 

We welcome the Committee’s intention to finalize the work on selected evaluations of health effects and of risk inference due to radiation exposure and approve the scientific annex at the Committee’s sixty-sixth session.

 

We note the Committee’s recognition that results from the document under elaboration on lung cancer from exposure to radon and to penetrating radiation would be of general interest and are awaited by other United Nation’s organizations and many Member States. We welcome the Committee’s intention to circulate an advanced version to the relevant international organizations, in view of its approval by the Committee at the sixty-sixth session.

 

We welcome the expected review at its sixty-sixth session of a more mature draft document on biological mechanisms influencing health effects from low-dose radiation exposure. We also welcome the Committee’s intention to focus on reporting what has changed significantly since 2006 that might be relevant for the inference of cancer risk in such exposure situation.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

The European Union welcomes the Scientific Committee's future plan, which incorporates work in the area of second primary cancer after radiation therapy and the Committee’s intention to take under consideration an extended structure of the planned document at the sixty-sixth session.

 

This plan is in line with the EU own priorities reflected in the strategic agenda of its research community in radiation protection which includes, since 2017, a group of scientists working on medical applications of ionising radiation and calling themselves EURAMED.

 

The EU notes with concern the postponement of the sixty fifth session of the Scientific Committee due to the continued delay in the appointment of the Secretary of the Scientific Committee, and disruptions in staffing in the secretariat. This has made the Committee seriously vulnerable and has hampered the efficient implementation of its approved programme of work. We thank the Acting Secretary for his work in preparing for the rescheduled sixty fifth session.

 

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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