The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation was established in 1955 by Resolution 913 (X) of the General Assembly in response to widespread concerns about the effects of radiation on human health and the environment. Over the decades, UNSCEAR has evolved to become the world authority on global levels and effects of ionizing radiation. It remains a major challenge to review the flood of new information on radiation levels and effects and synthesize it into a coherent picture for use by policy makers and other stakeholders.
"The General Assembly requests the Committee:"
(a) To receive and assemble in an appropriate and useful form the following radiological information furnished by States Members of the United Nations or members of the specialized agencies:
(i) reports on observed levels of ionizing radiation and radioactivity in the environment;
(b) To recommend uniform standards with respect to procedures for sample collection and instrumentation, and radiation counting procedures to be used in analyses of samples;
UNSCEAR does not address the benefits or economics of radiation technology, nor does it set protection policy, these being within the mandate of other international bodies.