Work and mandate

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"), currently comprised of eight experts based in New York; under paragraph 90 of resolution 2253 (2015) the Secretary-General will add up to two new experts on the Monitoring Team. Its current mandate was extended by paragraph paragraph 89 of Security Council resolution 2253 (2015) until December 2019.

The Monitoring Team assists two Security Council Committees: the ISIL (Da'esh) & Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee and the 1988 Committee, and can be contacted via email at: 1267mt@un.org and 1988mt@un.org.

The mandate of the Monitoring Team is fully described in paragraphs 43 – 44 and the annex of resolution 2160 (2014) and in paragraphs 88 - 95 and annex I of resolution 2253 (2015). The mandate includes inter alia:

  • to submit the following reports to each Committee: 
    • periodic reports on implementation of the sanctions measures (including recommendations for improvement); 
    • regular reports on the Team's work and travel; 
    • ad hoc specialised reports on topics of relevance to the Team's mandate, as requested by the Security Council in various resolutions;
  • ​to study and report to the Committee on the changing nature of the threat posed by Al-Qaida, ISIL (Da'esh) and the Taliban, and the best measures to confront it, including by developing a dialogue with relevant scholars, academic bodies and experts;
  • to assist the Ombudsperson in carrying out his or her mandate;
  • to assist the Committees in the consideration of listing proposals;
  • to assist each Committee in regularly reviewing names on the Sanctions Lists;
  • to gather information, on behalf of the Committees:
    • on instances of reported non-compliance with the measures;
    • on noteworthy circumstances that may warrant a delisting;
    • on other information to keep the lists as updated as possible;
    • on the measures taken by Member States to implement the sanctions provisions;
    • on kidnapping and hostage-taking for ransom by Al-Qaida, ISIL (Da'esh) and those associated with it and on relevant trends and developments in this area;
    • on preventing the criminal misuse of the Internet by Al-Qaida, ISIL (Da'esh) and those associated with it, including case studies and recommendations;
  • to pursue case studies, both on its own initiative and upon the Committee’s request, and to provide cases of non-compliance and recommendations to the Committee on actions to respond to such cases of non-compliance for its review;
  • to gather information, including from the Government of Afghanistan and relevant Member States, on travel that takes place under a granted exemption;
  • to consult with the Committees, the Government of Afghanistan, or any relevant Member States, as appropriate, when identifying individuals or entities that could be added to, or removed from, the Lists;
  • to consult, in confidence, with Member States’ intelligence and security services, including through regional forums;
  • to make recommendations to assist Member States to implement the measures;
  • to consult with Member States, United Nations agencies, such as United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), United Nations missions, such as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), other relevant organizations, including the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and its regional bodies, and relevant representatives of the private sector, including financial institutions and relevant non-financial businesses and professions, to learn about practical implementation of the measures, to promote awareness of and compliance with the measures and to develop recommendations;
  • to facilitate information sharing and capacity building to enhancing implementation;
  • to work with INTERPOL and Member States in the issuance of INTERPOL-UN Special Notices, including to obtain biometric information;
  • for responsibilities in support of the Committee, to work closely with Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate and the 1540 Committee’s group of experts, and to participate actively in the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy including within the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force and its relevant working groups; 
  • to work with the Secretariat to standardize the format of all United Nations sanctions lists.