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Office of the Ombudsperson


An independent and impartial Ombudsperson, who reviews requests from individuals, groups, undertakings or entities seeking to be removed from the Al-Qaida Sanctions List of the Security Council's Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee


The Office of the Ombudsperson was created by Security Council resolution 1904, adopted on 17 December 2009, and its mandate was extended by resolution 1989, adopted on 17 June 2011, resolution 2083, adopted on 17 December 2012, and resolution 2161, adopted on 17 June 2014.


Individuals, groups, undertakings or entities seeking to be removed from the Security Council’s Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee List can submit their request for delisting to an independent and impartial Ombudsperson who has been appointed by the Secretary-General.
The Ombudsperson is mandated to gather information and to interact with the petitioner, relevant states and organizations with regard to the request. Within an established time frame, the Ombudsperson will then present a comprehensive report to the Sanctions Committee. Based on an analysis of all available information and the Ombudsperson’s observations, the report will set out for the Committee the principal arguments concerning the specific delisting request. The report will also contain a recommendation from the Ombudsperson on the delisting request. Where the Ombudsperson recommends that the Committee consider delisting, the individual or entity will be delisted unless, within 60 days, the Committee decides by consensus to maintain the listing. However, if there is no such consensus, during that 60 day period a Committee member may request the matter be referred to the Security Council for a decision on the question of whether to delist. The decision of the Committee on the delisting request will be communicated to the Petitioner by the Ombudsperson.


The current Ombudsperson is Kimberly Prost who was appointed by the Secretary-General on 3 June 2010 and re-appointed for 30 months on 1 January 2013 . The contact particulars for the Office of the Ombudsperson are as follows:


Office of the Ombudsperson
Room DC2-2286
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Tel: +1 212 963 2671
E-mail: ombudsperson@un.org


Ombudsperson’s letter of appointment


The Ombudsperson’s mandate is contained in Security Council resolution 2161 (2014).