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28 October 2016, New York – European Union Statement by Ms. Anne Kemppainen, Minister Counsellor, Head of Political Section for Non-proliferation and Disarmament at the Delegation of the European Union in Geneva, UN General Assembly 71st 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, Armenia and Georgia, align themselves with this statement.

The EU and its Member States wish to express their satisfaction with the outcome of the 63rd Session of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation held in Vienna from 27June to 1 July 2016.

The work and assessments undertaken by the Scientific Committee in assessing the effects of radiation on human health and the environment are important. They have played 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 the confirmation by new publications of earlier main assumptions and findings established by the Committee in its report of 2013 and related to Fukushima Daiichi accident.

We continue to welcome the cautious approach of the Scientific Committee on epidemiological studies of radiation effects and its intention to publish a dedicated document on quality criteria in this domain and we look forward to the positive impact of such approach.

We welcome the completion of the evaluation related to radiation exposure from electricity generation and radiation doses, risks and effects from internally deposited tritium and radionuclides of uranium.

Mr. Chairman,

The European Union welcomes the Scientific Committee’s future plan, which incorporates work in the area of the improved evaluation of levels of exposure of people in everyday life, the improved understanding of mechanisms of radiation action and biological reaction and more definitive evidence on health effects, in particular in the low dose range. This plan is in line with the EU own priorities reflected in the strategic agenda of its research community in radiation protection and contributing 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.

  • Ref: EUUN16-168EN
  • EU source: European Union
  • UN forum: Fourth Committee - Special Political and Decolonization Committee
  • Date: 28/10/2016

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