Follow-up to UNSCEAR 2013 Report on Fukushima-Daiichi accident

VIENNA, 22 October 2015 (United Nations) - 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.

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