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

19 October 2018

 19 April 2019

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

20 November 2018

20 May 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

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