UN Sanctions Training

From practitioner to practitioner


No systematic UN sanctions training existed until 2011, when the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) of Canada engaged CCSI to develop a program for five groups of actors of the UN sanctions system:

Delegations of state members of the Security Council and other Member States; officials of the United Nations Secretariat and Agencies, the African Union, the League of Arab States, European Union; and international organizations; New York-based UN experts on arms embargo and disarmament, officials of civil society and advocacy groups, and media and academia.

The training sessions took place at the Permanent Mission of Canada from January to March 2012.

The training followed a pilot program designed and developed by the Fourth Freedom Forum in collaboration with CCSI, funded by the Government of Canada. HE. Mr. John McNee, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, launched the project jointly with Mr. B. Lynn Pascoe, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

Following these early training efforts, CCSI further refined its training approach. It developed more comprehensive and custom-tailored programs according to the needs of incoming delegations of states elected to serve on the Security Council.

In parallel to these trainings, CCSI principals continued to draft and release sanctions introductory texts and manuals presented from a distinctly practitioner perspective:
December 2011 - Global Threats and the Role of United Nations Sanctions
January 2013 - Sanctions and the Effort to Globalize Natural Resources Governance
March 2014 - United Nations Sanctions on Iran and North Korea: An Implementation Manual - in collaboration with the International Peace Institute, and supported by Canada.
June 2016 - United Nations Non-Proliferation Regimes on Iran and North Korea: Practitioner's Compliance Handbook (out-of-print)
November 2017 - The Evolution of UN Sanctions -- From a Tool of Warfare to a Tool of Peace, Security and Human Rights
November 2018 - Implementation Handbook for UN sanctions on North Korea – The challenges for African States, (also available in Amharic and Swahili), in collaboration with CRDF global and supported by the UK Government’s Counter Proliferation and Arms Control Centre (CPACC)

December 2018. Best Practices Guide for Chairs and Members of UN Sanctions Committees.

December 2020. Best Practices Guide for Chairs and Members of UN Sanctions Committees.


CCSI continues to publish handbooks and manuals for free usage according to requests from sponsors of our training program. Principals of CCSI frequently offer background and on-record interviews to journalists, or speak publicly on sanctions topics at educational institutions such as SIPA Columbia University (New York City), Global Village at the Iacocca Institute of Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA), and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) (Geneva).