What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

The 17 SDGs are integrated and recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

How does the Committee contribute?

In the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the work of the Scientific Committee contributes to the achievement of:

Good health and well-being (SDG 3)

Evaluations by the Committee are conducted on behalf of all Member States of the United Nations and are used to assess the levels and trends of exposure from using radiation in medicine, research, education, agriculture and industry, including nuclear power production. The Committee’s scientific synthesis of the most up-to-date radiobiological and epidemiological knowledge is fundamental for the international radiation safety regime and underpins international standards for protecting workers, patients and the public against ionizing radiation.

Life below water (SDG 14) and Life on land (SDG15)

The findings of the Committee also contribute to the achievement of SDGs 14 and 15. This was particularly evident through the 2020/2021 Report, Annex B “Levels and Effects of Radiation Exposure due to the 2011 Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan”.

Partnership for the goals (SDG 17)

Through its work, the Committee also contributes to the achievement of SDG 17 by collaborating and maintaining long-term partnerships with national and international organizations, for example twelve international organizations participated as observes to the 68th UNSCEAR session in 2021. (see Report of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation A/76/46)