Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban and Associated Individuals and Entities

Fact Sheet on Updating the Al-Qaida Sanctions List

  1. This fact sheet provides basic information on the updating process of the Al-Qaida Sanctions List.
  2. For details on the listing and de-listing procedures, including the notification processes, please consult the fact sheets on listing and de-listing.
  3. The Committee strives to have a Al-Qaida Sanctions List as accurate and up-to-date as possible. Cooperation from the Member States is essential in this matter. In paragraphs 12 and 36 of resolution 1989 (2011), the Security Council encouraged Member States to submit names for inclusion on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List as well as additional identifying and other information, along with supporting documentation, on the listed individuals and entities, including updates on the operating status of listed entities, groups and undertakings, the movement, incarceration or death of listed individuals and other significant events, as such information becomes available.
  4. The Committee also considers relevant information for updating the Al-Qaida Sanctions List submitted by international or regional organizations either directly to the Committee or through the Monitoring Team.
  5. The updated Al-Qaida Sanctions List is made promptly available on the Committee’s website.
  6. All updates to the List, whether it be the addition of new name(s), the deletion of a name(s) or changes in the identifying information of the names already on the List, are immediately disseminated to Member States in 2 ways:

    1. the circulation of a Note Verbale, including an advance copy by e-mail; and
    2. through the issuance of United Nations press releases.
  7. Currently, such e-mail updates are sent to more than 300 contact points provided by Member States and relevant international and regional organizations.
  8. Member States are requested to provide the Secretariat with their designated contact points at their permanent missions to the United Nations in New York and at the ministry/agency principally responsible for the implementation of the sanctions measures and other points of contact as they deem appropriate, so as to ensure that the email updates will reach the right person.
  9. In accordance with paragraph 19 of resolution 1526 (2004), the Secretariat transmits a hard copy of the entire Al-Qaida Sanctions List to the Member States on a quarterly basis.
  10. Once the updated Al-Qaida Sanctions List is communicated to Member States, States are encouraged to circulate it widely, such as to banks and other financial institutions, border points, airports, seaports, consulates, customs agents, intelligence agencies, alternative remittance systems and charities.
  11. For the convenience of Member States, a standard form for listing has been developed in order to facilitate the submission of additional information to improve the quality and accuracy of the identifying information. For the listed individuals, such information might include details such as additional names, aliases and "also-known-as" (akas); date of birth; place of birth, nationality and residence. For the listed entities, such information might include aliases and "also-known-as" (akas); "now-known-as" (nkas); or "formerly-known-as" (fkas) and addresses.
  12. Pursuant to paragraph 25 of resolution 1822 (2008), the Committee has completed its review of all names on the Al-Qaida Sanctions List as at the date of adoption of that resolution in order to ensure the Al-Qaida Sanctions List is as updated and accurate as possible and to confirm that listing remains appropriate. In accordance with paragraph 40 of resolution 1989 (2011), the Committee will conduct an annual review of all the names that have not been reviewed in three or more years (“the triennial review”) with the same objectives. The procedures for these reviews are set out in Section 10 of the Committee’s Guidelines.
  13. Any Member State requiring further assistance on this issue may contact the Committee’s Secretariat through the Committee’s e-mail at: or fax: 1-212-963-1300.