Quick facts


Distribution of UN sanctions purposes across sanctions episodes:

All UN sanctions are intended to send normative signals to the targets and the broader international community. Not all are meant to constrain targets or change their behavior.


Primary purpose distribution:

While virtually all UN sanctions pursue multiple, simultaneous purposes these do not carry the same weight. Signaling, the most ubiquitous purpose, is the primary purpose only in 3% of all cases. Most sanctions episodes (61%) are focused primarily on coercion, the rest (36%) on constraining the targets of sanctions.