The United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) is located at the Palais des Nations within the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. It was created in 1991 as a subsidiary organ of the United Nations Security Council under Security Council resolution 687 (1991) to process claims and pay compensation for losses and damage suffered as a direct result of Iraq’s unlawful invasion and occupation of Kuwait in 1990-1991.

     About 2.7 million claims, with an asserted value of $352.5 billion, were filed with the Commission. The Commission concluded claims-processing in 2005, and the total compensation awarded was $52.4 billion to approximately 1.5 million successful claimants. Nineteen Panels of Commissioners reviewed and evaluated the claims submitted by governments, international organisations, companies and individuals. The panels reported their recommendations to the Governing Council for approval.

     The Commission has paid $52.4 billion in compensation awards to successful claimants. All claimants awarded compensation by the Commission have received the full amount of their respective awards. 

    At the 88th session of the Governing Council of 13 October 2021, Ireland was elected as President of the Council and Kenya was elected as the Vice-President.