piracy

On World Maritime Day, UN warns of high costs of piracy

The United Nations marked World Maritime Day today with a warning of the high costs that piracy is imposing on the shipping industry, and a call for collective action from UN agencies, governments and military forces to combat the problem.

West African officials call for greater UN involvement in fight against piracy

Top West African officials are calling for greater United Nations and international support to prevent the region’s coasts from becoming a haven for pirates and to fight growing drug and arms trafficking.

Ban stresses need for comprehensive global response to piracy off Somalia

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for a comprehensive response to maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia, saying the menace is a consequence of the overall insecurity, lack of a stable national government and underdevelopment in the Horn of Africa country.

Security Council to consider plans for specialized Somali courts to try pirates

Recognizing the need for further steps to boost anti-piracy efforts, the Security Council today decided to urgently consider the establishment of specialized Somali courts to try suspected pirates both in the Somalia and in the region.

UN official inaugurates anti-piracy information centre in Kenya

The head of the United Nations maritime agency today in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa commissioned the first of three planned information-sharing centres designed to help fight the growing scourge of piracy in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.

UN anti-crime office helps build Somaliland’s capacity to tackle maritime piracy

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has voiced the office’s commitment to strengthening the capacity of authorities in the Somaliland to prosecute captured pirates who have menaced maritime trade off the coast of Somalia over the past decade.

UN anti-crime chief highlights Kenya’s role in tackling regional security threats

The head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) today met with Kenyan officials in the capital, Nairobi, to discuss a number of issues such as counter-piracy, police reform and illicit drug trafficking.

From the Field: On the frontlines of the UN’s counter-piracy efforts in eastern Africa

As the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) launched its anti-piracy plan in London today, one person, Alan Cole, was paying particularly close attention to what it will mean on the ground.

UN envoy proposes special courts to try suspected pirates

The United Nations special envoy on maritime piracy off the coast of Somalia today proposed the setting up of two special courts inside the country and one in Tanzania to try suspected pirates, saying the problem in the Indian Ocean was getting out of hand and required “strong and decisive action.”

Security Council re-authorizes action against piracy off Somali coast

The Security Council today renewed for another 12 months the authorizations granted to States and regional organizations cooperating with Somalia’s transitional government to fight piracy off the country’s coast.