Humanitarian Exemption Requests

I. Relevant Security Council resolution and Implementation Assistance Notice No. 7

The comprehensive humanitarian exemption mechanism as established by the 1718 Sanctions Committee to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is provided by the following:

Implementation Assistance Notice No. 7 Document PDF (IAN No 7): “Guidelines for Obtaining Exemptions to Deliver Humanitarian Assistance to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”

II. Who can submit a request for a humanitarian exemption to the Committee?

  • Member States;
  • International Organizations; and
  • Non-Governmental Organizations

that carry out assistance/relief activities in the DPRK for the benefit of the civilian population of the DPRK.

International* and non-governmental organizations can seek exemptions from the Committee through:

1) Member States; or

2) the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator to the DPRK if a Member State is unable to route such a request to the Committee; or

3) through the Committee Secretary if both a Member State and the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the DPRK are unable to submit exemption requests to the Committee.

For more information, please see IAN No 7 Document PDF.

*except United Nations agencies, the ICRC, IFRC, and the IOC who can continue submitting exemption requests directly to the Committee

III. What is the format of a request for humanitarian exemption?

Requests are to be submitted, on official letterhead, containing the following elements:

  • Nature of humanitarian assistance proposed to be provided to the DPRK for the benefit of the civilian population of the DPRK;
  • Explanation of the DPRK recipients and criteria employed to select beneficiaries;
  • Reasons for requiring a Committee exemption;
  • Detailed description with quantities and relevant specifications of the goods and services to be provided within the next six months to the DPRK for what purpose and to whom;
  • Planned date(s) of proposed transfer to the DPRK within the next six months;
  • Planned route(s) and method(s) of transfer including ports of departure and entry to be used for shipments;
  • All parties involved in the transfers that can be identified at the time of submission of the application;
  • Financial transactions associated with the transfers;
  • Annex containing itemized list of all planned transfers of goods and services with quantities and planned shipment date;
  • Confirmation whether the Committee approval letter and its annex can be published on the 1718 Committee website upon issuance, and
  • Measures to ensure that assistance to be provided to the DPRK are used for the intended purposes and not diverted for prohibited purposes.

Applicants obtaining exemptions should do their utmost to consolidate all planned shipments into one shipment every six months to the extent practicable and to seek exemptions approximately every six months. In case of necessary and well-justified changes to items planned for transfer to the DPRK (such as exact specifications and quantities), applicants and/or parties involved in the transactions should promptly notify the Committee of all changes needed for review through one follow-up letter.

IV. How to submit requests for exemptions for humanitarian assistance to the Committee

With copy to:

  1. Request from Member States are to be submitted to:

    • The Chair of the Committee, His Excellency Mr. Christoph Heusgen (Germany), through the Permanent Mission of Germany to the United Nations
  2. Requests from international* and Non-Governmental Organizations if a Member State is unable to route such a request to the Committee are to be submitted to:
    • The United Nations Resident Coordinator in the DPRK, Mr. Tapan Mishra, Email address: rco.kp@one.un.org
  3. Requests from International* and Non-Governmental Organizations if both a Member State and the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the DPRK are unable to submit exemption requests to the Committee:

*except United Nations agencies, the ICRC, IFRC, and the IOC who can continue submitting exemption requests directly to the Committee

V. Committee Exemption Approval Letter

If the Committee approves a request, it will issue a Committee Exemption Approval Letter to the requesting party that explains specifically what the Committee approves for transfer to the DPRK. An annex with an approved list of goods and services by quantity and planned shipment date will be appended to the Committee approval letter.

The Committee approval letter and its annex will be published on the 1718 Committee website upon issuance for the public, including relevant national authorities involved in reviewing the exempted transfers to the DPRK, for a period of six months, unless the exemption-seeking party requests the Committee to not do so. Furthermore, after authorized transactions have occurred and before the six-month period expires, exemption-seeking parties can request the Committee to remove the exemption letter from its website.

Limitations of 1718 Committee Exemptions

Receiving exemptions from the Committee for United Nations sanctions does not exempt those organizations and their proposed transactions from the relevant domestic regulations and licensing requirements of Member States involved in those transactions. All international or non-governmental organizations requesting exemptions from the Committee must also fully observe relevant regulatory and licensing requirements of Member States that have jurisdiction over all aspects of the proposed transactions and involved parties.

VI. Humanitarian Exemption(s) in Effect

Exemption granted to

Purpose of the humanitarian assistance Approval letter and annex (containing approved list of goods and services and planned shipment date)

Start date of approved exemption

Date of expiration of approved exemption (up to six months)

UNICEF

Shipment of items to the DPRK essential for UNICEF's programmes in the DPRK, including its programme to combat tuberculosis and malaria and its immunization programme.

UNICEF exemption request - approval letter and annex

18 January 2019

18 July 2019

Eugene Bell Foundation (EBF)

Purchase and shipment of medicine and related equipment required for its multi-drug resistant tuberculosis treatment program in DPRK.

EBF exemption request - approval letter and annex

18 January 2019

18 July 2019

Christian Friends of Korea (CFK)

Shipments planned for delivery by CFK to the DPRK in relation to its humanitarian projects for vulnerable populations of tuberculosis, hepatitis and/or pediatric patients in the DPRK.

CFK exemption request - approval letter and annex

18 January 2019

18 July 2019

CFK exemption request amendment - approval letter and annex

22 March 2019  

Canada

Shipment of 300 20-litre stainless-steel soymilk cans to the DPRK by the Canadian NGO “First Steps Health Society” as part of its assistance and relief activities in the DPRK to prevent malnutrition in children.

Canada exemption request - approval letter and annex

18 January 2019

18 July 2019

Handicap International

 

Shipment of materials and equipment required for Handicap International’s early detection and intervention project to enable possible prevention of disabilities in children.

Handicap International exemption request - approval letter and annex

25 January 2019 25 July 2019

Switzerland

 

Delivery of goods to the DPRK by the agency Swiss Humanitarian Aid, part of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, for its projects on solar pump drinking water supply systems for Ryonggung Ri, North Hwanghae Province, and on gabion wire for flood protection of affected population in North and South Hwanghae Provinces. Switzerland exemption request - approval letter and annex 30 January 2019

30 July 2019

World Vision International Shipment of materials and equipment required for World Vision International’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Project. World Vision International exemption request - approval letter and annex 30 January 2019

30 July 2019

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Procurement and shipment of materials to the DPRK required for IFRC’s activities relating to ensuring the safety of pregnant women and new-born children, treatment of infectious diseases, conducting health promotion activities and surveillance of infectious diseases, emergency aid for evacuations and safety, provide potable water and improve sanitation in target communities, and first aid in the case of accidents and emergencies. IFRC  exemption request - approval letter and annex 30 January 2019 30 July 2019
France Import of items into the DPRK by the NGO Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) for its projects in South Hwanghae Province on improving children’s nutritional status and households’ resilience, responding to the prolonged food crisis by strengthening nutritional diversity in kindergartens and preschools, and capitalization on animal food production knowledge. France exemption request - approval note verbale and annex 29 January 2019 29 July 2019
France Shipment of materials and equipment to the DPRK by the NGO Handicap International required for its projects on inclusion and social protection of people with vulnerabilities into sudden and slow onset disaster risk preparedness and response, and on achieving inclusion into communities for people with disabilities through improved access to services. France exemption request - approval note verbale and annex 30 January 2019 30 July 2019

WHO

Import of items pertaining to WHO’s emergency preparedness policies for its country office, i.e. decontamination kits, a radiation detector kit, and radio communications equipment, as a matter of staff safety and security, which is a necessary prerequisite for WHO’s humanitarian activities in the DPRK. WHO exemption request - approval letter 14 February 2019 14 August 2019
Ireland Procurement and import of items into the DPRK within the scope of activities undertaken by the Irish NGO Concern Worldwide, which are intended for humanitarian assistance and relief in the areas of food and nutrition security and access to water, sanitation and hygiene, for the benefit of the civilian population in the DPRK. Ireland exemption request - approval note verbale 15 February 2019 15 August 2019
Germany Delivery of goods and equipment to the DPRK intended for humanitarian purposes by the German NGO Deutsche Welthungerhilfe e.V. required for its activities concerning the provision of safe drinking water. Germany exemption request - approval note verbale 20 February 2019 20 August 2019

France

 

Import of items into the DPRK by the NGO Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) for its project in South Hwanghae Province on responding to the protracted food crisis by strengthening nutritional diversity in nurseries and kindergartens.

France exemption request - approval note verbale and annex 11 March 2019 11 September 2019
France Import of items into the DPRK by the NGO Triangle Génération Humanitaire (TGH) to implement assistance and relief projects undertaken by TGH for the benefit of the civilian population of the DPRK aimed at improving better care and resilience of elderly people. France [TGH] exemption request - approval note verbale  12 March 2019 12 September 2019
Canada

Import of soymilk processing systems to the DPRK by the Canadian NGO “First Steps Health Society” as part of its assistance and relief activities for the benefit of the civilian population of the DPRK.

Canada exemption request - approval note verbale and annex 12 March 2019

12 September 2019

UNFPA Procurement and shipment of Emergency Reproductive Health (RH) kits to provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health services for women in the DPRK. UNFPA exemption request – approval letter and annex 12 March 2019

12 September 2019

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Import of items into the DPRK by MSF to engage in humanitarian activities, in particular enabling the commencement of MSF’s medical project which primarily aims at improving the diagnostic and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) as well as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) among the population of North Hamgyong Province; and addressing urgent and general medical needs at the community-level in the county of Kyongsong of North Hamgyong Province. MSF exemption request – approval note verbal and annex 12 March 2019

12 September 2019

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC)

Import of items into the DPRK for urgent humanitarian use that are essential for the implementation of MCC’s projects directly benefiting vulnerable civilian populations through improving children’s health and nutrition in the DPRK. MCC exemption request - approval letter and annex 14 March 2019

14 September 2019

Love North Korea Missions (LNKM) Import of items into the DPRK for humanitarian activities aimed at improving access to clean drinking water in the Rason region. LNKM exemption request - approval letter and annex 4 April 2019 4 October 2019
UNICEF Import of items essential for UNICEF’s programmes in the DPRK, including its health, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, necessary for the delivery of safe water supply to communities and to allow for the effective treatment of individuals admitted to hospitals, in particular malnourished children and mothers. UNICEF exemption request - approval letter and annex 11 April 2019

11 October 2019