October 2010 – Sanctions are integral to UN peace and security strategies in many parts of the world, but they are not coordinated sufficiently with peacekeeping, diplomatic mediation, and other instruments of UN policy. Misunderstandings and inadequate information sharing hinder the implementation of sanctions and impede coordination.
This study examines the challenges of integrating Security Council sanctions with other forms of international policymaking. It proposes options for the UN Secretary-General, the Security Council, and the Secretariat to enhance implementation and coordination capabilities. It proposes the creation of a UN Sanctions Implementation Task Force, greater staff support for sanctions coordination within the Secretariat, improved guidance for cooperation between panels of experts and UN missions in the field, and greater information sharing and dissemination across all UN agencies and offices.
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