The Office of the Ombudsperson to the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee

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

The Office of the Ombudsperson was created by Security Council resolution 1904, adopted on 17 December 2009. Its mandate was extended by resolution 1989, adopted on 17 June 2011, resolution 2083, adopted on 17 December 2012, resolution  2161, adopted on 17 June 2014, resolution 2253, adopted on 17 December 2015 and resolution 2368 (2017), adopted on 20 July 2017.

Individuals, groups, undertakings or entities seeking to be removed from the Security Council’s ISIL (Da'esh) and 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’s mandate is contained in Security Council resolution 2368 (2017). 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 to the Committee on the delisting request. The Committee may overturn the recommendation of the Ombudsperson in certain circumstances, but this has not happened to date. The decision of the Committee on the delisting request will be communicated to the Petitioner by the Ombudsperson. A full description of the procedure is available here.

The contact particulars for the Office of the Ombudsperson are as follows:

Office of the Ombudsperson
Room DC2-2206
United Nations
New York, NY 10017
United States of America
Tel: +1 212 963 2671
E-mail: ombudsperson@un.org

Catherine Marchi-Uhel was appointed as Ombudsperson by the Secretary-General on 13 July 2015. She took up her official duties on 27 July 2015 and left office on 7 August 2017. The new Ombudsperson has not yet been appointed. The Office of the Ombudsperson remains operational and accepts new delisting requests during the transition period.

Ombudsperson’s Letter of appointment (Catherine Marchi-Uhel)

Outgoing Ombudsperson's Letter to the Secretary-General (Catherine Marchi-Uhel)

The first Ombudsperson, Kimberly Prost was appointed by the Secretary-General on 3 June 2010 and she took up her official duties on 14 July 2010. She left office as of 14 July 2015.

Outgoing Ombudsperson's Letter to the Secretary-General (Kimberly Prost)