Experts on sanctions meet to exchange findings on security

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

New York | DPA

On 5 and 6 December 2017, more than fifty experts from nine sanctions monitoring groups, teams and panels, delegates from the Security Council, and representatives from across the United Nations system gathered at UNHQs to participate in the fifth annual Inter-Panel Coordination Workshop organized by DPA’s Security Council Affairs Division.

The focus of this year’s workshop was security-related issues pertaining to the work of sanctions experts.

In his introductory remarks, ASG Zerihoun, speaking on behalf of the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, stressed the vital role played by sanctions experts in reporting to the Security Council and its subsidiary organs on sanctions. The experts’ reports and key findings were also of interest to senior leadership in the Secretariat, given the impact of sanctions on other mandated activities undertaken by the UN. He noted the challenging mandates and difficult conditions of service faced by experts, and praised the experts’ sense of commitment and professionalism.

Participants reflected on the UN security management system, and roles and responsibilities of different actors within the system, with a view to facilitating the activities of sanctions experts. Senior officials from DPA, DSS, DPKO, OICT and OLA participated. Members of the Security Council also shared their expectations of experts, and urged the importance of experts adhering to all security requirements.

The main findings and recommendations of the Board of Inquiry convened to establish the facts related to the murders of Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalán were also discussed.

Following a presentation by  Head of the Board of Inquiry Gregory Starr, former USG for Safety and Security, participants discussed the recommendations contained in the Board of Inquiry’s report and how to improve security-related aspects of the sanctions experts’ work. 

Sanctions experts also exchanged best practices and lessons learned on the monitoring of particular sanctions measures. They heard a briefing on the UN’s framework on women, peace and security, with a view to enhancing their gender expertise.