UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them

Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation are on the agenda today at the Security Council, where at least seven sanctions committees will brief the main United Nations body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. We’ve prepared a quick snapshot covering the basics of UN sanctions and how Sanctions Committees work.

Sanctions on Iran and Cuba need phasing out, says expert

The time has come for a “phasing out” of sanctions on Cuba and Iran to protect the most vulnerable members in society, a leading human rights investigator said Wednesday.

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Sanctions are ‘effective’ method to build global stability, Security Council told

From Afghanistan and Angola to Haiti and the former Yugoslavia, sanctions implemented by the United Nations Security Council have had a positive track record, proving their efficacy and economy in supporting Member States overcome instability, the top UN political official said today.

Security Council: Counter-terrorism committees focus on Mali, the Sahel and Somalia

The United Nations counter-terrorism panel dealing with Al-Qaida strengthened its work and cooperation with related UN bodies to more urgently address the evolving threats posed by the network in Mali, the Sahel and Somalia, the chairmen of the group today told the UN Security Council.

Process of de-listing from UN’s Al-Qaida sanctions list progressing, says official

The official charged with helping people and entities get off the list of those subject to United Nations measures against Al-Qaida reported today that two people – of the 13 that had petitioned her office so far – have been de-listed by the committee that monitors the sanctions.

Security Council hears briefings from its sanctions committees

The United Nations Security Council was briefed today by the heads of its subsidiary bodies entrusted with monitoring sanctions on Sudan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Somalia, Al-Qaida and the Taliban, Côte d’Ivoire, Iran, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

DR Congo: Security Council extends arms embargo and monitoring group

The United Nations Security Council today extended until the end of the year its arms embargo and other sanctions meant to keep weapons out of the hands of militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which it said continue to threaten stability in the eastern part of the vast country.

Sanctions work best when there are carrots and not just sticks, says Ban Ki-moon

Security Council sanctions are most effective when they aim for a clear goal using incentives and not just threats, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a symposium on the issue today.

Mixed progress reported by Security Council panel on use of sanctions

After two years of deliberations, a Security Council panel looking at the use of sanctions has reached consensus on many issues but remains unable to agree on recommendations for how long such punitive measures should be in place, the President of the Council said today.

Head of Security Council Al-Qaida sanctions committee begins mission

The chairman of the United Nations Security Council's committee on sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban today begins a round of visits in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to coordinate action against the two groups.