Resolution 687 is the key legal text underlying the Commission whereby paragraphs 18 and 19 lay the institutional foundations of the Commission. In paragraph 18, the Council decided “to create a fund to pay compensation for claims . . . and to establish a Commission that will administer the fund.” Paragraph 19 then directed the UN Secretary-General to develop and submit to the Security Council recommendations for the fund, including procedures for evaluating and verifying claims and the means of determining the percentage of Iraq’s oil export revenues to be contributed to the fund. Those recommendations were made in the Secretary-General’s report of May 2, 1991. The Security Council adopted the recommendations contained in part I of the Secretary-General’s report in Resolution 692.
The Secretary-General’s report of May 2, 1991 sets out the institutional framework for the UNCC which consists of the Governing Council, the Commissioners and the secretariat.
The Public Authority for Assessment of Compensation for Damages Resulting from Iraq Aggression was established in May of 1991, by Kuwaiti government Decree Law number 6, as the authority responsible for undertaking the defining of the damages and assessing the losses sustained as a result of the Iraqi aggression, and filing of the claims before the UNCC for individuals, companies and the Government. PAAC is an independent governmental body, subordinate only to the Cabinet of Ministers.
- The United Nations Liaison Office was established in December 1991 as a branch office of PAAC in Geneva with the main objective to liaise between PAAC in Kuwait and the UNCC in Geneva on all aspects of the UNCC claims process.
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Number of claims resolved
Number of resolved claims awarded compensation 1
Compensation sought by claims resolved (US$)
Compensation awarded (US$) 1
Percentage of awarded amount against claimed amount
Net compensation paid (US$) 2
Outstanding award amounts (US$)
C 3, 4
25 July 2013
1 Figures include corrections to awards pursuant to article 41 of the Provisional rules for claims procedure.
2 Figures represent amounts made available and paid to the claimant Governments and submitting entities but are net of all paid but undistributed funds returned to the Commission.
3 Including one consolidated claim filed by the Central Bank of the Government of Egypt on behalf of 915,527 of its nationals with approximately 1,240,000 claims (the Egyptian Workers’ Claims), with a total asserted value of $491,098,538. The claim was awarded $84,393,992 in respect of 223,817 claims.
4 Including 31,868 individual claims from “bedouns” for a fixed amount of $2,500 each, submitted to the Commission by the Government of the State of Kuwait in accordance with the special programme established by the Governing Council at its fifty-second session in June 2004.
5 This figure does not include a net amount of $49.7 million no longer payable to the claimant Governments and other submitting entities mainly because the claimants were not located by the deadline of 30 September 2006 set by the Governing Council for the location of claimants and the submission of requests for the payments.
A - Individual claims for departure
B - Claims for serious personal injury and death
C - Individual Claims for Damages up to US$100,000
D - Individual claims for damages above US$ 100,000
E - (E1, E2, E3 and E4)
E1 - Oil Sector Claims
E2 - Export and Import / Banking claims
E3 - Construction and Engineering claims
E4 - Private is Corporate claims for private Sector
E4 - Public is Corporate claims for public Sector
E/F – Insurance companies
F - (F1, F2, F3 and F4)
F1 - Claims filed by the Governments for repatriation cost
F2 - Claims filed by the Governments of Jordan and Saudi Arabia excluding Environmental Claims
F3 - Claims filed by the Government of Kuwait, excluding Claims for Environmental Damage
F4 - Environmental Claims
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