GENEVA / SUNSMART GLOBAL UV APP

21-Jun-2022 00:01:42
A new app for mobile phones that provides localized information on ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels has been launched by WHO, WMO, UNEP, and ILO to help people protect themselves adequately. UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 21 JUNE 2022, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Med shot, Palais des Nations flag alley, nations’ flags moving gently in the wind, exterior
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Carla Drysdale, spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO):
The SunSmart Global UV App and it provides five-day UV and weather forecasts at searchable locations. It highlights time slots when sun protection is required and aims to help people around the world to know when to use sun protection in an effort to reduce the global burden of skin cancer and UV-related eye damage”.
4. Med shot, journalists, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Carla Drysdale, spokesperson, World Health Organization (WHO): “Globally, it’s estimated that over 1,5 million cases of skin cancer, that’s melanoma and non-melanoma combined, were diagnosed globally in 2020. During the same period, more than 120, 000 people across the world lost their lives to this highly preventable disease”.
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Clare Nullis, spokesperson, World Meteorological Organization (WMO):
“Now is the period of the year when UV radiation is at its maximum in Europe, in the northern hemisphere. This is because of the position of the sun in the sky. There are other factors that do influence the amount of UV, which is the ground, clouds, the ozone layers, etc., etc. So, all of these elements are being added into this App which has been launched”.
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STORYLINE
A new app for mobile phones that provides localized information on ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to help people protect themselves adequately.

“The SunSmart Global UV App provides five-day UV and weather forecasts at searchable locations,” said Carla Drysdale, spokesperson for WHO.

While speaking today at a briefing at the United Nations in Geneva, Drysdale added that “it highlights time slots when sun protection is required and aims to help people around the world to know when to use sun protection, in an effort to reduce the global burden of skin cancer and UV-related eye damage.”

Developed by Australia’s Cancer Council Victoria and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency, the app is based on the UV Index, which indicates the level of solar UV radiation at the earth’s surface. The UV Index uses a scale of 1 (or Low) to 11 and higher (or Extreme).

The higher the index value, the greater the potential for damage to the skin and eyes and the less time it takes for harm to occur.

“Globally, it’s estimated that over 1,5 million cases of skin cancer, that’s melanoma and non-melanoma combined, were diagnosed globally in 2020,” Drysdale said.

“During the same period, more than 120,000 people across the world lost their lives to this highly preventable disease.”

Much of UV-related illness and death can be avoided through simple preventive measures such as limiting time in the midday sun, seeking shade when UV rays are most intense, and wearing protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses, as well as the use of sunscreen.

According to WMO’s spokesperson Clare Nullis, “it’s now the period of the year when UV radiation is at its maximum in Europe, in the northern hemisphere.”

She added, “this is because of the position of the sun in the sky. There are other factors that do influence the amount of UV, which is the ground, clouds, the ozone layers, etc., etc. So, all of these elements are being added into this app which has been launched.”

The SunSmart Global UV app is free at both the Apple App and Google Play stores.

It provides personalized options so that users can take action to protect against prolonged excessive UV exposure, a major cause of skin cancer and other UV-related diseases.

The app allows the inclusion of national and local data streams and adaptation to multiple languages – it is currently available in Chinese, English, French, Russian, Dutch, and Spanish.
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