United Nations


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

4 February 1997


Fifty-first session
Agenda item 82


     [on the report of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee
                        (Fourth Committee) (A/51/589)]

            51/121.     Effects of atomic radiation

      The General Assembly,

      Recalling its resolution 913 (X) of 3 December 1955, by which it
established the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of
Atomic Radiation, and its subsequent resolutions on the subject,
including resolution 50/26 of 6 December 1995, in which, inter alia,
it requested the Scientific Committee to continue its work,

      Taking note with appreciation of the report of the United Nations
Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, 1/

      Reaffirming the desirability of the Scientific Committee
continuing its work,

      Concerned about the potentially harmful effects on present and
future generations resulting from the levels of radiation to which
mankind and the environment are exposed,

      Noting the views expressed by Member States at its fifty-first
session with regard to the work of the Scientific Committee,

      Conscious of the continuing need to examine and compile
information about atomic and ionizing radiation and to analyse its
effects on mankind and the environment,

      1.    Commends the United Nations Scientific Committee on the
Effects of Atomic Radiation for the valuable contribution it has been
making in the course of the past forty-one years, since its inception,
to wider knowledge and understanding of the levels, effects and risks
of atomic radiation, and for fulfilling its original mandate with
scientific authority and independence of judgement;

      2.    Notes with satisfaction the completion in 1996 of a further
scientific annex by the Scientific Committee informing the scientific
and world communities of its latest evaluations of the sources and
effects of ionizing radiation on man and his environment, and calls
upon the Scientific Committee to ensure the widest possible
dissemination of this scientific annex to Member States;

      3.    Requests the Scientific Committee to continue its work,
including its important activities to increase knowledge of the
levels, effects and risks of ionizing radiation from all sources;

      4.    Endorses the intentions and plans of the Scientific
Committee for its future activities of scientific review and
assessment on behalf of the General Assembly;

      5.    Requests the Scientific Committee to continue at its next
session the review of the important problems in the field of radiation
and to report thereon to the General Assembly at its fifty-second

      6.    Requests the United Nations Environment Programme to
continue providing support for the effective conduct of the work of
the Scientific Committee and for the dissemination of its findings to
the General Assembly, the scientific community and the public;

      7.    Expresses its appreciation for the assistance rendered to
the Scientific Committee by Member States, the specialized agencies,
the International Atomic Energy Agency and non-governmental
organizations, and invites them to increase their cooperation in this

      8.    Invites Member States, the organizations of the United
Nations system and non-governmental organizations concerned to provide
further relevant data about doses, effects and risks from various
sources of radiation, which would greatly help in the preparation of
future reports of the Scientific Committee to the General Assembly.

                                                          83rd plenary meeting
                                                              13 December 1996


1/     Official Records of the General Assembly, Fifty-first Session,
Supplement No. 46 (A/51/46).


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