Military action alone will not defeat scourge of piracy, Secretary-General says

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has paid tribute to all those who serve on the front lines of the battle against piracy off the coast of Somalia, while stressing that this scourge will not be defeated by military means alone.

Greater efforts needed on land to fight piracy off Somali coast, says Ban

The Somali Government and the African Union force in the country need more help on land to fight piracy in the waters, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report released today.

UN maritime agency pledges support to repress piracy off Somali coast

The head of the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) has pledged that his agency will help Somalia repress piracy off its coast and in the Gulf of Aden, including through assisting in the creation of a national coast guard.

Anti-piracy measures must start with helping Somalia stabilize, UN hears

Strengthening the rule of law is the critical factor to effectively tackling piracy in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles told the General Assembly today, saying the world’s countries have a shared responsibility to deal with the problem.

UN should lead global efforts to counter piracy, Ukraine tells General Assembly

Ukraine today called for the creation of a United Nations office in Africa to spearhead global efforts against maritime piracy, saying existing international measures to combat the problem are insufficient to deal with the scale of the problem.

Pirate attacks could ramp up hunger in Africa, warns UN agency

Several ships carrying United Nations emergency relief supplies bound for Somalia have become the latest victims of piracy off the Horn of Africa, prompting the World Food Programme (WFP) to express concern that millions of people in the strife-torn region could go hungry.

UN envoy to Somalia calls for boost in international efforts to fight piracy

Claiming that piracy off the coast of Somalia is wreaking global havoc, the top United Nations representative for the Horn of Africa country has called for an increase in efforts to fight what he calls an “international scourge.”

Top UN envoy condemns recent rash of piracy off the coast of Somalia

The United Nations envoy to Somalia today condemned the recent upsurge in piracy off the coast of the Horn of Africa nation, calling the hijackings an “insult to international legality.”

Defeating piracy requires restoration of law in Somalia, Ban says

Despite the launch of “one of the largest anti-piracy flotillas in modern history,” the clan-organized taking of vessels off the coast of Somalia will only cease when order is restored to the Horn of Africa nation, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a report released today.