The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1988 (2011) (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 17, 18 and 22(a) of resolution 2255 (2015)

Travel Ban

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

Set out in paragraphs 1(b) and 19-21 and 22(b) of resolution 2255 (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


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 2018, is His Excellency Mr. Kairat Umarov (Republic of Kazakhstan). The two Vice-Chairs for 2018 are the Russian Federation and Peru. 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 as contained 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 1988 Sanctions List
  • conduct periodic and specialised reviews of the entries on the 1988 Sanctions List
  • examine the reports presented by the Monitoring Team
  • report periodically to the Security Council on the implementation of the sanction measures
  • conduct outreach activities.

Background information

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 sanctions measures originally imposed by resolution 1267 (1999) would be split in two.

Summary of listing criteria

The criteria for adding a name to the 1988 Sanctions List is set out in paragraphs 1 and 2 of resolution 2255 (2015). Individuals and entities are designated on the 1988 Sanctions List as individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with the Taliban in constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan.

Acts or activities indicating that an individual, group, undertaking or entity is eligible for designation 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, those designated and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with the Taliban in constituting a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan.