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.

Regional approach crucial to bring Somali pirates to justice, says UN anti-crime chief

The United Nations crime-fighting agency today proposed a regional approach to bringing pirates off the Somali coast to justice similar to one that has proved successful in fighting drug traffickers in the Caribbean.

Piracy problem inseparable from overall Somali crisis, Ban warns

As the United Nations Security Council strengthened efforts today to fight piracy off the Somali coast, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the problem could not be divorced from the need to bring a comprehensive, inclusive peace to the war-torn country that has been without a functioning central government since 1991.

UN to convene global meeting on piracy off Somali coast

The United Nations will convene a two-day international conference in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the rampant piracy off the coast of Somalia, it was announced today.

Security Council calls for greater help in fight against Somali pirates

The Security Council today called on all countries and regional organizations with the necessary capacity to deploy naval ships and military aircraft off the Somali coast to fight rampant piracy that is impeding United Nations efforts to feed millions of hungry civilians in the strife-torn country.

UN food agency appeals for naval escorts for shipments to Somalia

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appealed today to naval powers to help protect its food-delivery ships from pirate attacks, saying that as many as two million Somalis could go hungry without this protection.

UN maritime agency urges action to curb piracy off coast of Somalia

The United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) today renewed its call for measures to prevent and suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships off the coast of Somalia.