I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union and its Member States. The following countries align themselves with this statement: the Republic of North Macedonia*, Montenegro*, Serbia*, Albania*, Bosnia and Herzegovina*, Iceland+, Norway+, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia.
The EU and its Member States commend the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation for its valuable contribution to wider knowledge and understanding of the levels, effects and risks of exposure to ionizing radiation and for fulfilling its original mandate with scientific authority and independence of judgment.
Needless to say that the Committee does not operate in a vacuum, but rather in a complex international environment which currently prevents us from proceeding in our work in a business as usual mode. Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, we condemn the aggression by Russia in the strongest terms and express our unwavering support to Ukraine and its population. We reiterate our concerns about the risk of harmful effects resulting from the levels of radiation to which people and the environment might be exposed as a result of military actions affecting nuclear facilities.
The EU and its Member States reiterate their support to the assistance provided by the IAEA to Ukraine, which is of primary importance to characterise the potentially new radiological situation occurring in nuclear sites and on the whole territory.
We are conscious of the continuing need to examine and compile information about the levels of exposure to ionizing radiation. We encourage the Committee to stand ready to carry out unforeseen additional work if necessary to analyse, in coordination with the IAEA, the levels and effects of radiation exposure on people and the environment in Ukraine.
The EU and its Member States recall United Nations General Assembly Resolution 76/75, which underlines the increasing importance of the scientific work of the Committee and the need to carry out its additional work. Sufficient, assured and predictable funding is of paramount importance to maintain the sustainable and effective work of the Scientific Committee, also bearing in mind the increase in the number of Member States of the Committee, as outlined by the UN General Assembly.
We welcome and fully support the ongoing efforts of the Secretary of the Committee to enhance the support to the Secretariat and encourage Member States in a position to do so to make voluntary contributions in order to support the work of the Committee.
Thank you, Chair.
* Candidate Countries the Republic of North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania as well as potential Candidate Country Bosnia and Herzegovina continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.
+ Iceland and Norway are members of the EFTA and of the European Economic Area.