Warships alone will not deter piracy off Somali coast, Security Council told

The growing problem of piracy off the Somali coast demands more than just military efforts, the United Nations political chief told the Security Council today, calling for simultaneous action on three fronts – deterrence, security and the rule of law, and development – to combat the scourge.

Pirates off Somalia committing more violence despite naval patrols – Ban

Naval patrols off Somalia’s coast have increasingly disrupted the activities of pirates, with many sea bandits arrested and prosecuted, but others have continued to seize ships using increasingly violent methods, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in a new report.

Security Council debates legal options for pursuing pirates off Somali coast

Commending the efforts undertaken so far to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed that more can be done, as the Security Council debated legal options to help bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice.

UN Member States debate ways to fight piracy off Somalia

The United Nations General Assembly today held a day-long informal meeting on piracy, with Assembly President Ali Treki calling for broader international efforts and resources to combat the ever-expanding scourge, particularly off the coast of war-torn Somalia.

Seychelles to launch UN-backed courts to combat piracy

The remoteness of the Indian Ocean nation of Seychelles has made it a prime target for pirates, and the country is fighting back by setting up a United Nations-supported centre to prosecute piracy.

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.