Quick facts

UN sanctions firsts


First targeted sanctions (pre-Cold War):

Southern Rhodesia (1966) & South Africa (1977)


First targeted sanction (post-Cold War):

Former Republic of Yugoslavia (1991)


First targeted sanctions to restore democratically elected government:

Haiti (1993)


First sanction on non-state armed group:

UNITA in Angola (1997)


First (non-oil) commodity export sanction:

Diamonds from Angola (1998)


First individuals targeted by name:

Usama bin Laden and associates in Al-Qaida / Taliban (2000)


First sanctions applied to limit nuclear proliferation:

DPRK (2006)


First (and only) sanctions invoking R2P:

Libya (2011)


First broad financial sector sanctions:

Libya (2011)