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 

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

5 February 2020

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 February 2020
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 19 December 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 verbale and annex 12 March 2019

14 February 2020

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

5 February 2020

ICRC

Import of items into the DPRK by the ICRC for the implementation of its humanitarian programs pertaining to physical rehabilitation, support to health care, peri-urban water supply, and support to the DPRK Red Cross Society emergency response.

ICRC exemption request - approval letter and annex 11 June 2019 11 December 2019
Italy

Transfer of funds to cover operational costs of the European Union Food Security Office for the purpose of providing humanitarian assistance in the DPRK by Agriconsulting SA (AESA), an Italian company which was awarded an EU tender for providing technical support for food-related matters to the DPRK.

Italy exemption request - approval letter and annex

1 July 2019

1 January 2020

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 22 July 2019

22 January 2020

Italy

Shipment of agricultural machinery and equipment to the DPRK by AGROTEC SPA, an Italian company which was contracted by the European Commission to export the abovementioned machinery and equipment for the purpose of improving food security in the DPRK.

Italy exemption request - approval letter and annex

25 July 2019

25 January 2020

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 production and storage of seeds, improving food supply and the nutrition situation, and humanitarian disaster prevention. Germany exemption request – approval note verbale 25 July 2019

25 January 2020

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 diet diversity, better care and resilience of elderly people, and sustainably improving children’s nutrition. France exemption request – approval note verbale 25 July 2019

25 January 2020

Christian Friends of Korea (CFK)

Procurement and shipment to the DPRK of materials and equipment required for CFK’s humanitarian projects for vulnerable populations of tuberculosis, hepatitis and pediatric patients in the DPRK. CFK exemption request – approval letter and annex 7 August 2019

7 February 2020

Eugene Bell Foundation (EBF)

Shipment of supplies for EBF’s diagnosis and treatment program for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis and extensively-drug resistant tuberculosis in the DPRK EBF exemption request – approval letter and annex 9 August 2019

9 February 2020

France

Import of items into the DPRK by the NGO Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) for its project in South Hwanghae Province to improve children’s nutritional status and households’ resilience through the reinforcement of goat rearing practices.

France exemption request - approval note verbale and annex 9 August 2019

9 February 2020

Ignis Community

Shipment to the DPRK of vital medical and rehabilitation equipment aimed at completing a rehabilitation center for children with developmental disabilities in Pyongyang, the Pyongyang Spine and Rehabilitation Centre (PYSRC). Ignis Community exemption request – approval letter and annex 4 September 2019

4 March 2020

World Health Organization

Import of items to the DPRK pertaining to humanitarian activities WHO intends to undertake, including the import of laboratory equipment for vaccine preventable diseases, critical care equipment, emergency primary health care equipment, installation of a blood bag manufacturing plant, and diagnostic equipment for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. WHO exemption request – approval letter and annex 20 September 2019

20 March 2020

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Import of items into the DPRK by MSF to engage in humanitarian activities, in particular enabling the proper implementation of a medical program in North Hamgyong Province which primarily aims at improving the diagnostic and treatment of tuberculosis as well as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis among the population of North Hamgyong Province; and addressing urgent and general medical needs of the population in the county of Kyongsong of North Hamgyong Province.

MSF exemption request – approval letter and annex 23 September 2019

23 March 2020

World Health Organization

Import of three vehicles for the exclusive use of the WHO Country Office in the DPRK in order to provide safe and secure travel to WHO staff, which is a prerequisite for WHO’s humanitarian work, necessary for fulfilling its programmatic requirements in the DPRK and enhancing its capacity and capability for field monitoring of its projects. WHO exemption request – approval letter [and annex] 25 September 2019

25 March 2020

Ireland

Procurement and import of items within the scope of two projects undertaken by the Irish NGO Concern Worldwide into the DPRK, which are intended for humanitarian assistance and relief activities in the areas of rural and urban nutrition and improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene, for the benefit of the civilian population in the DPRK. Ireland exemption request – approval note verbale [and annex] 25 September 2019

25 March 2020