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Statement – UN Security Council adopts a humanitarian exemption for UN sanctions regimes

The UN Security Council adopted a resolution on December 9 providing a standing exemption to asset freeze measures in all UN sanctions regimes for humanitarian work. The 2664 resolution on humanitarian exemptions to sanction regimes is a milestone for humanitarian organization’s ability to save lives, which has often been impeded by sanctions. As such, we welcome this initiative by the United States and Ireland, and applaud the broad support it received by UN Security Council Member States, including the Norwegian government.

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