International Research Programme on Health, Solar UV Radiation and Environmental Change (INTERSUN)

Programme international de recherche sur la santé, le rayonnement solaire ultraviolet et les modifications de l'environnement

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1993, by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and World Health Organization (WHO), as a direct response to United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).


Promote and undertake research on the effects on human health of increasing solar ultra-violet radiation reaching the earth's surface as a consequence of depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer; on the basis of the outcome of this research, recommend appropriate remedial measures to mitigate the above mentioned effects on human beings.

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Collaborates with specialist agencies to implement key research needs; develops reliable predictions of health and environmental consequences of changes in UV exposure with stratospheric ozone depletion; develops practical ways of monitoring change in UV-induced health effects over time in relation to environmental and behavioural change; provides practical advice and information to national authorities on health and environmental effects of UV exposure, means of efficiently disseminating this information, and measures to protect the general public, workers and the environment against the adverse effects of increasing UV radiation levels. Priority activities: 'Scientific reviews': assesses the global burden of disease attributable to UV radiation; monitors developments in research and publishes up-to-date information through meeting reports, fact sheets, press releases and website. 'Research co-ordination': prioritizes research needs and the exchange of information at scientific meetings; facilitates communication between funding agencies and scientists; oversees a network of specialist agencies that facilitate the development of reliable predictions of health and environmental consequences of changes in UV exposure with stratospheric ozone depletion. 'Health risk assessment': develops indicators to quantify health effects of UV radiation on the skin, eyes and immune system; monitors these indicators over time and assesses their impact. 'Protection of public and occupational health': publications; develops guidelines for public and occupational exposure to UV radiation; promotes use of Global Solar UV Index; develops materials for sun protection in schools; seeks wider, more global representation, especially in developing countries.

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Relations with 2 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Fundamental Sciences
    • Radiation
    • Light
  • Research, Standards
    • Research
  • Health Care
    • Health
  • Environment
    • Environment
  • Innovative change
    • Change

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land



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