NOTE BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SECURITY
WORK OF THE SANCTIONS COMMITTEES
I The President of the Security Council wishes
to state that all members of the Security Council have indicated
their agreement that the following practical proposals will be
used to improve the work of the sanctions committees in accordance
with the resolutions concerned.
1. The sanctions committees should establish
appropriate arrangements and channels of communication with organs,
organizations and bodies of the United Nations system, as well
as other intergovernmental and regional organizations, neighbouring
countries and other countries and parties concerned, in order
to improve the monitoring of the implementation of sanctions regimes
and the assessment of their humanitarian consequences on the population
of the target State and their economic consequences on neighbouring
and other States.
2. The Chairpersons of the sanctions committees
should make visits to the regions concerned, as appropriate, in
order to obtain first-hand accounts of the impact of sanctions
regimes and the results and difficulties in their implementation.
3. Member States should provide the sanctions
committees with all information available on alleged violations
of arms embargoes, and other sanctions regimes. Sanctions committees
should seek to clarify all cases of alleged violations.
4. The Secretariat should be requested to provide
the sanctions committees with information from published sources,
radio, television or other media concerning alleged violations
of the sanctions regimes or other issues relevant to the activities
of the committees.
5. The guidelines of the sanctions committees
should include clear provisions for strict action to be taken
by the committees on alleged violations of the sanctions regimes.
6. The sanctions committees should, as far as
possible, harmonize their guidelines and routines of work.
7. The technical effectiveness of the mandatory
measures should be periodically assessed by the sanctions committees
on the basis of inputs from Member States, reports prepared by
the Secretariat and other available sources of information.
8. The practice of hearing technical presentations
of information by organisations assisting in the enforcement of
Security Council sanctions during closed meetings of the sanctions
committees should be continued. The target or affected countries,
as well as concerned organizations, should be better able to exercise
the right of explaining or presenting their points of view to
the sanctions committees, while taking fully into consideration
current committee practices. The presentations should be expert
9. The Secretariat should be requested to provide,
whenever necessary, its assessment of the humanitarian and economic
impact of sanctions to the sanctions committees.
10. Periodic meetings of the sanctions committees
should be held for discussions on the humanitarian and economic
impact of sanctions.
11. The sanctions committees should monitor,
throughout the sanctions regime, the humanitarian impact of sanctions
on vulnerable groups, including children, and make required adjustments
of the exemption mechanisms to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian
assistance. The indicators for assessment developed by the Secretariat
could be used by the committees.
12. The sanctions committees should consider
and monitor the possible impact of sanctions on the diplomatic
efforts towards implementing Security Council resolutions and
make required adjustments on the exemption mechanisms as appropriate.
13. In discharging their mandates, the sanctions
committees should as much as possible seek to utilize the expertise
and practical assistance of Member States, United Nations agencies,
regional organisations and all humanitarian and other relevant
14. United Nations agencies as well as humanitarian
organizations and other relevant organizations should benefit
from special, simplified procedures in requesting humanitarian
exemptions, in order to facilitate the implementation of their
15. Consideration should be given to how humanitarian
organizations could have the possibility to apply for humanitarian
exemptions directly to the sanctions committees.
16. Foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and medical supplies
should be exempted from United Nations sanctions regimes. Basic
or standard medical and agricultural equipment and basic or standard
educational items should also be exempted. Consideration should
be given to the drawing up of lists for that purpose. Other essential
humanitarian goods should be considered for exemption. In this
regard, it is recognized that efforts should be made to allow
the population of the targeted countries to have access to appropriate
resources and procedures for financing humanitarian imports.
17. Sanctions committees should consider ways
to ensure that exemptions to sanctions regimes on religious grounds
be made more effective.
18. The transparency of the sanctions committees'
work should be increased, inter alia, through substantive
and detailed briefings by the Chairpersons.
19. Summary records of the sanctions committees'
formal meetings should be made available on the Internet and other
means of communication.
20. Public information on the sanction committees'
work should be made available on the Internet and other means
II The members of the Council will continue their
consideration of ways to improved the work of the sanctions committee.