United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Media advisory: unscear launches reports in runup to anniversary of chernobyl accident

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Journalists are invited to attend a press briefing on two reports, Radiation exposures in accidents and Effects on non-human biota to be published by the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR).

The two reports, which are being launched in the runup to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, are detailed scientific annexes to the main findings of the UNSCEAR 2008 report. A third annex, about the health consequences due to radiation from the Chernobyl accident, was already issued as an advance copy in February.

UNSCEAR was established in 1955, reporting to the UN General Assembly on levels and effects of ionizing radiation. Its authoritative findings led to the Partial Test Ban Treaty prohibiting atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons. Its scientific assessments underpin international standards for radiation protection.

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