NRC USA Commends U.S. Leadership to Safeguard Humanitarian Action across UN Sanctions Regimes

Published 09. Dec 2022
The UN Security Council resolution adopted today will translate to more lives saved around the world by enabling humanitarian actors to reach people in need of aid and protection more quickly, effectively, and safely.

The United States’ role in championing this initiative is a mark of continued global humanitarian leadership and tangible progress toward its commitment to mitigate the unintended economic, political, and humanitarian impact of sanctions.

Now it is critical that the U.S. continues to lead by example and implements a comprehensive domestic safeguard for activities that support humanitarian action, meet basic needs, and promote peace. Harmonization of exemptions across Member States’ sanctions programs is essential for mitigating derisking practices by banks and the private sector which continue to exacerbate needs and compromise financial access for humanitarian actors and civilians in sanctions-affected contexts.

We applaud the United States' commitment to facilitate lifesaving action and encourage the U.S. Administration to build on the resolution by urgently adopting a global General License for NGOs, addressing the gaps in federal material support prohibitions that inhibit NGO operations in areas with designated entities, and investing in continued multi-stakeholder dialogue to resolve financial access challenges.

For more information and media contacts see NRC Secretary General Jan Egeland’s statement here.