Due to its extreme density, depleted uranium (DU) has been used for a range of military and civilian purposes such as tank shielding and anti-armour munitions. In the wake of conflicts in the 1990s, increased attention has been paid to the possible health and environmental effects of the use of armaments and ammunitions containing DU. The General Assembly first addressed the matter in 2007 and, since 2008, has taken it up on a biennial basis.
The Secretary-General, in his reports on the subject, strives to include information provided by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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