Piracy and high seas crime growing, becoming more sophisticated, UN Security Council told

International maritime crime is becoming “increasingly sophisticated” as criminal groups exploit jurisdiction and enforcement challenges on the high seas and pose “immediate danger to people’s lives and safety”, the UN anti-drugs and crime chief warned the Security Council on Tuesday.

Somalia piracy still a concern, UN crime-fighting body warns

Recent attacks on commercial vessels off Somalia indicate that the issue of piracy has never gone away despite a five-year lull in activity.

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Security Council urges stronger regional approach on eradicating piracy in Gulf of Guinea

United Nations officials today reiterated a call for a comprehensive regional framework to eradicate piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, with the Security Council stressing the importance of addressing underlying causes and strengthening justice systems and judicial cooperation in the region.

UN chief urges collective action to fight piracy, armed robbery at sea in Central Africa

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called today on Central African leaders to collectively focus on conflict prevention in the subregion and to fight the threats of piracy and armed robbery at sea, as well as other security challenges.

Security Council urges broad regional approach to counter piracy in Gulf of Guinea

The Security Council today called for a comprehensive regional approach to combat the threat of piracy and armed robbery at sea in the Gulf of Guinea, and reiterated its call on Member States to prosecute perpetrators in accordance with international laws.

Ban welcomes anti-piracy strategy adopted by leaders from West, Central Africa

Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon has welcomed the adoption by a summit of African leaders of a regional strategy against piracy and other illegal maritime activities in West and Central Africa.

At UN-backed meeting, African States seek to combat piracy in Gulf of Guinea

Representatives from three African sub-regional organizations focused on ways to cooperate to eliminate piracy in the Gulf of Guinea during a United Nations-backed meeting held this week in Cotonou, Benin.

Isolating ringleaders and financiers vital to combating piracy – UN official

It is vital to isolate the ringleaders and financiers of piracy to effectively combat this scourge, the head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said, as he ended a 10-day mission to East Africa.

Security Council stresses need for comprehensive global response to tackle piracy

The Security Council today reiterated its condemnation of all acts of piracy and armed robbery against vessels in the waters off the coast of Somalia, and stressed the need for a comprehensive response by the international community to repress the scourge and tackle its root causes.

UN spotlights contribution of seafarers to livelihoods of billions worldwide

Top United Nations officials are applauding the contribution of the 1.5 million merchant seafarers whose work is central to the livelihoods of billions of people worldwide, while also drawing attention to the perils they face on a daily basis.