United Nations Security Council Resolution 1455

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UN Security Council
Resolution 1455
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Date 17 January 2003
Meeting no. 4,686
Code S/RES/1455 (Document)
Subject Threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts
Voting summary
15 voted for
None voted against
None abstained
Result Adopted
Security Council composition
Permanent members
Non-permanent members

United Nations Security Council resolution 1455, adopted unanimously on 17 January 2003, after recalling resolutions 1267 (1999), 1333 (2000), 1363 (2001), 1373 (2001), 1390 (2001) and 1452 (2002) concerning Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and terrorism, the Council improved the implementation of measures against the groups.[1] It was the first Security Council resolution adopted in 2003.

The Security Council urged all states to implement Resolution 1373 and reaffirmed the need to combat threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.[2] It condemned Al-Qaeda and other associated groups for ongoing terrorist attacks, and attacks referred to in resolutions 1368 (2001), 1438 (2002), 1440 (2002) and 1450 (2002).

Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council decided to improve the implementation of the measures, with a view to further improving them in 12 months if required. The measures included a freezing of funds and financial resources, an arms embargo and travel ban.[3] The need for improved exchange of information between Committees established in resolutions 1268 and 1373 was stressed.[4] All states were called upon to report within 90 days on steps they had taken to implement the sanctions against the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, including related investigations and enforcement, unless such investigations would be compromised.[5]

The Secretary-General Kofi Annan was requested to reappoint five experts to monitor the implementation of the sanctions over a period of 12 months and to pursue leads relating to incomplete implementation of measures. The Secretary-General also had to ensure that the Committee and Monitoring Group of experts had sufficient access to resources and expertise, and to provide reports and oral assessments to the Council on their findings, with a focus on better co-ordination.[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Security Council decides to improve implementation of measures against Taliban, members of Al-Qaeda". United Nations. 17 January 2003.
  2. ^ Rosand, Eric (2004). "The Security Council's Efforts to Monitor the Implementation of Al Qaeda/Taliban Sanctions". The American Journal of International Law. 98 (4): 745–763. JSTOR 3216698.
  3. ^ Centre of Excellence Defence Against Terrorism (2008). Legal Aspects of Combating Terrorism, Volume 47. IOS Press. p. 26. ISBN 978-1-58603-930-1.
  4. ^ "Security Council improves Al-Qaida sanctions regime". United Nations News Centre. 17 January 2003.
  5. ^ Koh, Jae-myong (2006). Suppressing terrorist financing and money laundering. シュプリンガー・ジャパン株式会社. p. 106. ISBN 978-3-540-32518-5.
  6. ^ Barrow, Greg (17 January 2003). "UN steps up hunt for al-Qaeda". BBC News.

External links

  • Text of the Resolution at undocs.org
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