Quick facts

Types of UN sanctions

Most common types of UN sanctions:

Arms embargoes

Asset freezes

Travel bans

Commodity sanctions

Diplomatic sanctions

Transportation sanctions


Most commonly used combination of UN sanctions:

Arms embargo + Asset freeze + Travel ban


Least common type of UN sanctions:

Secondary country sanctions
  • Used in only 5% of all cases
  • Effective when applied


The use of different types of sanctions across cases & episodes: