Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida,and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities (hereafter “the Committee”) oversees the sanctions measures imposed by the Security Council.

Sanctions measures



Exemptions to the measure

Assets Freeze

All states are required to freeze without delay the funds and other financial assets or economic resources of designated individuals and entities

Set out in paragraph 1 of resolution 1452 (2002), as amended by paragraph 15 of resolution 1735 (2006) renewed most recently in paragraph 2 (a) of resolution 2253 (2015)

Travel Ban

All states are required to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories by designated individuals

Set out in paragraph 1(b) of resolution 2161 (2014) renewed most recently in paragraph 2 (b) of resolution 2253 (2015)

Arms Embargo


All states are required to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale and transfer from their territories or by their nationals outside their territories, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, spare parts, and technical advice, assistance, or training related to military activities, to designated individuals and entities


States are required to take the measures above with respect to ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them, as designated on the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List  (hereafter “ISIL (Da’esh) & Al-Qaida Sanctions List”).

Work and mandate of the committee

The Committee comprises all 15 members of the Security Council and makes its decision by consensus. The current Chair of the Committee, for the period ending 31 December 2017, is His Excellency Mr. Kairat Umarov (Republic of Kazakhstan). The two Vice-Chairs for 2017 are the Russian Federation and Uruguay. The Committee prepares annual reports of its activities. The Committee has Guidelines for the conduct of its work. Formal and informal meetings of the Committee are announced in the Journal of the United Nations. The work of the Committee is supported by the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team pursuant to resolutions 1526 (2004) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida and the Taliban and associated individuals and entities (hereafter "the Monitoring Team").

The Committee is mandated to:

  • oversee the implementation of the sanctions measures
  • designate individuals and entities who meet the listing criteria set out in the relevant resolutions
  • consider and decide upon notifications and requests for exemptions from the sanctions measures
  • consider and decide upon requests to remove a name from the ISIL (Da'esh) & Al-Qaida Sanctions List
  • conduct periodic and specialised reviews of the entries on the ISIL (Da'esh) & Al-Qaida Sanctions List
  • examine the reports presented by the Monitoring Team
  • report annually to the Security Council on the implementation of the sanction measures
  • conduct outreach activities

Background information

The Committee was initially established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999), which imposed a limited air embargo and assets freeze on the Taliban. Over time, the regime evolved and the measures became a targeted assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo against designated individuals and entities. Exemptions to the assets freeze and travel ban were also introduced and the fairness and clarity of the procedures for listing and de-listing was improved, in particular through the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsperson.

On 17 June 2011, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolutions 1988 (2011) and 1989 (2011). With the adoption of these resolutions, the Security Council decided that the list of individuals and entities subject to the measures would be split in two. The Committee was henceforth known as the Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, mandated to oversee implementation of the measures against individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida. A separate Committee was established pursuant to resolution 1988 (2011) to oversee implementation of the measures against individuals and entities associated with the Taliban in constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan.

On 17 December 2015, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2253 (2015). With the adoption of this resolution, the Security Council decided to expand the listing criteria to include individuals and entities supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The resolution also directs the Monitoring Team to submit reports on the global threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh), Al-Qaida, and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities.  Member States are encouraged to (a) designate national focal points on issues related to the implementation of the measures described in the resolution, and (b) report to the Committee on obstacles to the implementation of the measures described in the resolution; also, calls upon all States to submit an updated report to the Committee no later than 120 days from the adoption of the resolution.  The mandates of the Monitoring Team and the Office of the Ombudsperson are extended to December 2019.

Further information on measures

For further details on the measures, see the links below.

Assets Freeze: Explanation of Terms

Travel Ban: Explanation of Terms

Arms Embargo: Explanation of Terms

Summary of listing criteria

The criteria for adding a name to the ISIL (Da'esh) & Al-Qaida Sanctions List is set out in paragraphs 3 to 5 of resolution 2253 (2015). States are required to impose the measures upon Al-Qaida or ISIL (Da'esh) and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them.

Acts or activities indicating that an individual, group, undertaking or entity is associated with ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida include:

  • Participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of;
  • Supplying, selling or transferring arms and related materiel to;
  • Recruiting for; or otherwise supporting acts or activities of, ISIL (Da'esh), Al-Qaida or any cell, affiliate, splinter group or derivative thereof.