VIENNA, 9 March 2021 (UNSCEAR)
Publication of UNSCEAR 2020 Report, Annex B (Advance copy)
Annex B (Advance copy): Levels and effects of radiation exposure due to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: implications of information published since the UNSCEAR 2013 Report
VIENNA, 6 November 2020 (UNSCEAR)
UN Scientific Committee concludes 67th session
NEW YORK, 9 October 2020 (United Nations)
UNSCEAR Chair presents a Note to the General Assembly at the Fourth Committee virtual meeting on 9 October 2020
NEW YORK, 24 October 2019 (United Nations)
Fourth Committee Approves Draft Resolution on Effects of Atomic Radiation, as Delegates Highlight Role of Scientific Committee
VIENNA, 14 June 2019 (UNSCEAR)
UN Scientific Committee concludes 66th session
NEW YORK, 6 November 2018 (United Nations)
Fourth Committee Approves Text on Effects of Atomic Radiation, while Rejecting Proposed Amendments to Scientific Body's Membership Criteria
VIENNA, 14 June 2018 (UNSCEAR)
UN Scientific Committee to update Fukushima report
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VIENNA, 25 April 2018 (UNSCEAR)
UNSCEAR launches a White Paper evaluating thyroid cancer data in regions affected by the Chernobyl accident
NEW YORK, 2 November 2017 (United Nations)
Fourth Committee Approves Text Supporting Scientific Body's Plans for Conducting Its Programme of Work
NEW YORK/VIENNA, 2 November 2017 (United Nations)
Plain language UN Publication "Radiation: Effects and Sources" now available in eleven languages
VIENNA/TOKYO 27 October 2017
UNSCEAR launches White Paper 2017 following up on its 2013 Report on the Fukushima-Daiichi accident in Tokyo
VIENNA, 2 June 2017
UN Scientific Committee concludes 64th session
VIENNA, 8 February 2017 (UNSCEAR)
New UN study assesses radiation exposure from electricity generation technologies
VIENNA/TOKYO 15 November 2016
UNSCEAR launches White Paper 2016 following up on its 2013 Report on the Fukushima-Daiichi accident, in Tokyo
NEW YORK, 28 October 2016 (United Nations)
Fourth Committee Approves Text Supporting Scientific Body's Plans for Conducting Its Programme of Work
VIENNA, 1 July 2016 (UNSCEAR)
UN Scientific Committee concludes 63rd session
VIENNA, 23 June 2016 (UNSCEAR)
UNSCEAR to mark 60th anniversary
Annual session to take place at the Vienna International Centre from 27 June to 1 July
VIENNA, 24 February 2016 (UNSCEAR)
UN radiation experts respond to people's concerns in Fukushima
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VIENNA, 2 February 2016 (UNSCEAR)
UNSCEAR to hold public dialogues in Fukushima Prefecture
NEW YORK, 23 October 2015 (United Nations)
General Assembly Fourth Committee approves draft resolution on effects of atomic radiation
VIENNA, 22 October 2015 (United Nations)
Follow-up to UNSCEAR 2013 Report on Fukushima-Daiichi accident
In an effort to keep abreast of new scientific information that has emerged since the launch of its 2013 Report on the Fukushima-Daiichi accident, UNSCEAR has published a White Paper to guide the Committee's future programme of work.
Titled "Developments since the 2013 UNSCEAR Report on the Levels and Effects of Radiation Exposure due to the Nuclear Accident Following the Great East-Japan Earthquake and Tsunami", it is available in both English and Japanese.
The White Paper is part of the Committee's ongoing effort to systematically monitor and evaluate new information.
The main focus of the UNSCEAR 2013 Report was on the exposure to radiation of various groups of the population, and the effects in terms of radiation-induced risks for human health and the environment. The population groups considered include residents of the Fukushima Prefecture and other prefectures in Japan; and workers, contractors and others who were engaged in the emergency work at or around the accident site. The environmental assessment addresses marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems. Eighteen United Nations Member States provided more than 80 experts to conduct the analytical work cost-free.
NEW YORK, 24 October 2014 (United Nations)
General Assembly Fourth Committee takes up effects of atomic radiation
VIENNA, 11 June 2014
UNSCEAR press briefing at the Japan National Press Club, Tokyo, 30 May 2014
with Carl-Magnus Larsson, Chair, UNSCEAR and Malcolm Crick, Secretary, UNSCEAR
VIENNA, 2 April 2014 (UNSCEAR)
Publication of Volume I of the UNSCEAR 2013 Report
VIENNA, 25 October 2013 (UNSCEAR)
Publication of Volume II of the UNSCEAR 2013 Report
VIENNA, 31 May 2013 (UNSCEAR)
UN Scientific Committee concludes its 60th session in Vienna
VIENNA, 24 May 2012 (UNSCEAR)
UN radiation experts meet in Vienna for their annual session and discuss interim findings of the Fukushima-Daiichi assessment
A press release and press backgrounder were issued by the United Nations Information Service in Vienna (UNIS) on 23 May 2012 to inform about the UNSCEAR fifty-ninth session (held from 21 to 25 May 2012 in Vienna). The Scientific Committee discussed matters related to radiation exposures and effects, and reports to the United Nations General Assembly.
VIENNA, 30 January 2012 (UNSCEAR)
Over 60 UNSCEAR experts meet to begin assessment of effects of Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant accident
The following press release was launched by the United Nations Information Service in Vienna (UNIS) on 30 January 2012 to inform about the UNSCEAR expert meeting (held from 30 January to 3 February 2012 in Vienna) dealing with the exposures and effects due to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
VIENNA, 7 April 2011 (UNSCEAR)
Publication of Volume II of the UNSCEAR 2008 Report
The following notes were prepared for the assistance of journalists at a press briefing in Vienna today upon publication of the second volume of the 2008 United Nations Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) Report's comprising three scientific annexes.
The annexes provide findings on: Radiation exposures in accidents; Health effects due to radiation from the Chernobyl accident; and Effects of ionizing radiation on non-human biota.
VIENNA, 28 February 2011 (UNSCEAR)
Publication of advance copy of Annex D, Volume II of the UNSCEAR 2008 Report
The following notes were prepared for the assistance of journalists at a
briefing in Vienna today upon publication of the advanced copy of Annex D of the 2008 UNSCEAR Report .
The complete Volume II (Annexes C, D, E) of the 2008 UNSCEAR Report is expected to be published in March 2011.
VIENNA, 18 August 2010 (UNSCEAR)
Publication of Volume I of the UNSCEAR 2008 Report
The following notes were prepared for the assistance of journalists at a briefing in Vienna today upon publication of the first volume of the 2008 United Nations Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) Report's comprising three scientific annexes.
The annexes provide findings on: Medical radiation exposures; and Exposures of the public and workers from various sources of radiation.
VIENNA, 21 July 2009 (UNSCEAR)
Publication of Volume II of the UNSCEAR 2006 Report
The following notes were prepared for the assistance of journalists at a briefing in Vienna today upon publication of the second volume of the 2006 United Nations Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) Report's comprising three scientific annexes.
Redressing chronically under-funded Scientific Committee, whose work underpins public protection from atomic radiation exposure, focus in Fourth Committee issued by the UN Department of Public Information, New York
Policies Based on Incomplete Science Have Tragic Consequences, Marshall Islands Says, Urging Better Medical Treatment for Subsequent Generations
Delegates today in the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) were unanimous in calling for the chronically under-funded and understaffed Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation to be provided sufficient resources to fulfil its mandate of assessing the levels, effects and emerging risks of ionizing radiation on humanity and the environment.
NEW YORK, 29 October 2007 (UN Department of Public Information)
Fourth Committee considers effects of atomic radiation on humankind, environment: approves draft text in support of strengthened funding for Scientific Committee
Secretary-General's Input Sought on Financial, Administrative Implications of Scientific Committee's Increased Membership; Body to Meet Seven Days in 2008.
In its consideration of the effects of radiation on humankind and the environment, the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) today unanimously approved a draft resolution in support of the Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, which, since 1955, had contributed to an improved understanding of the effects and risks of ionizing radiation -- a type of radiation given off by radioactive substances.
News release (GA/SPD/381) issued by the UN Department of Public Information, New York
NEW YORK, 26 October 2006 (UN Department of Public Information)
United Nations Scientific Committee, tasked with assessing effects of atomic radiation, tells fourth committee of significant funding shortage
Broad Support Emerges for Reinforcing Scientific Committee's Budget; Aftermath of Chernobyl Disaster, Nuclear Tests in Marshall Islands Highlighted.
A crisis in financing for the esteemed United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) dominated discussion today among Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization Issues) delegates, as they considered the consequences of exposure to atomic radiation on the health of humans and the environment, and heard the introduction of a related draft resolution.
VIENNA, 2 June 2006 (UN Information Service)
UN atomic radiation committee concludes session
The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) at its 54th session, approved documents for publication, reviewing various aspects of the health effects of ionizing radiation. The Committee noted that the recent findings of the Chernobyl Forum confirmed its own essential scientific conclusions reached in the year 2000 on the health consequences of radiation exposure due to the Chernobyl accident. "But at the recent 20th anniversary of the accident, there was much uninformed reporting of numbers of projected deaths due to radiation from the accident. This created confusion among the public," said Peter Burns, Chairman of UNSCEAR. The Committee intends to clarify the assessment of potential harm due to chronic low-level exposures among large populations. It will also continue its work to provide the scientific basis for a better understanding of the radiation related health and environmental effects of the accident.
VIENNA, 31 May 2006 (UN Information Service)
Hans Blix speaks at fiftieth anniversary ceremony of UNSCEAR
At a reception on Tuesday night to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of UNSCEAR, Mr. Hans Blix, guest speaker, said that "Without the immense work of the Committee over the years, the necessary international harmonization on safety matters could not have been achieved." He went on to say that "this century will call for an UNSCEAR that remains independent, scientifically authoritative and increasingly ambitious to cope with growing challenges." He believed that UNSCEAR should also make itself and its work better known. "It is essential that UNSCEAR's conclusions be heard loud and clear", he said. "UNSCEAR has a great role to help move radiation from the world of mystique to the natural world and help it to become recognized as a normal and manageable part of our lives."
Secretary General congratulates atomic radiation committee on 50th anniversary
In a message to a ceremony commemorating UNSCEAR's fiftieth anniversary, Secretary-General Kofi Anna noted that for half a century the Committee had been the trusted world authority on ionizing radiation. "From assessing the significance of fallout from nuclear-weapon tests in the 1950s, to studying the effects of radiation on the human genome today, UNSCEAR has always taken an independent and objective approach to its work", he said in the message, delivered by Antonio Costa, Director-General of the UN Office at Vienna. "On questions that are often highly emotional and political, UNSCEAR's reports are impartial, dispassionate and scientific, and have prompted significant worldwide reductions in radiation exposure."
PRESS RELEASE (SG/SM/10486) issued by Department of Public Information, New York
VIENNA, 13 March 2006 (UN Information Service)
United Nations Scientific Body still Tracks Radiation 50 Years on
Just over 50 years ago, in the heat of the global arms race, concerned scientists advised their governments about the dangers of radioactive fallout from testing nuclear weapons. From those talks, a group was born that today stands as the world's authoritative voice on radiation levels and effects - the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR). This year UNSCEAR marks the golden anniversary of its first session, held in New York from 14 to 23 March 1956...
VIENNA, 16 February 2006 (UNSCEAR)
UNSCEAR turns fifty
The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) was established by the General Assembly in 1955. It is the world authority concerning levels and effects of ionizing radiation. Governments and organizations throughout the world rely on the Committee's assessments as the scientific basis for evaluating radiation risks and establishing protection measures. The UNSCEAR secretariat is based in Vienna, although it is linked functionally to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi. UNSCEAR is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year...
PRESS BACKGROUNDER issued by UNSCEAR at United Nations Information Service Preview 2006 Press Briefing, Vienna