UNEP, WHO and IAEA
Reports and statements on uranium weapons by the three UN agencies responsible for the issue and papers discussing their results.
- 59 Kb - Format pdfGretel MunroePresentation on UNEP and DU Contamination by Gretel Munroe, Science Team, ICBUW at the Workshop: Towards a Uranium Weapons Treaty, Wednesday April 2, 2008, Palais des Nations, Geneva.
- 4415 Kb - Format pdfGretel MunroeA series of photos showing the behaviour of DU in the environment.
- 55 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamPrevious reports from a number of governmental bodies and international organizations, including the WHO and IAEA, have not yet fully acknowledged and referenced the recent scientific studies on the effects of depleted uranium (DU), especially in its unique aspects in the case of DU weapons. Their assessments and recommendations are based on the incomplete evaluation of the adverse effects of previous uses of the DU weapons. However, they do not answer the questions of the morality of such weapons of indiscriminate nature. Presentation from 'Banning Uranium Weapons' seminar, UN New York Oct 8th 2008.
- 70 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamThe United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has been a pioneer in the investigation of depleted uranium in the environment. Overall, UNEP did not find widespread DU contamination on any of their missions. They found that radiation could be detected up to 2 meters from a DU shell and in some instances up to 150-200 meters. DU was also detected 20, 40, 60 and even 80 cm below the ground surface.Supporting text from 'Banning Uranium Weapons' seminar, UN New York Oct 8th 2008.
UNEP’s primary concerns in the Balkans were potential contamination of ground water, risk assessment and the need to educate local populations about DU. In Iraq, a real concern was the removal of fragments or pieces of metal from tanks destroyed by DU shells from scrap metal yards. UNEP was also concerned by the use of DU munitions in urban areas, urging registration of contaminated sites.
- 35 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamDetailing UNEP's published survey work on DU.