Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 October 2014:- A notable 18 briefing papers reflecting academic and expert thought on countering maritime piracy have been published in the run up to the UAE Counter-Piracy Conference to be held in Dubai at the end of this month.
The Counter-Piracy Conference (29-30 October) is co-convened by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs andDP World , bringing together more than 600 senior government and industry representatives from around the world to seek solutions at sea and on land to maritime piracy. It is the fourth year the conference has been convened. This year the theme is ‘Securing State Recovery: Sustaining Momentum at Sea, Confronting Instability on Land’, with the focus of the international community now moving to building Somalia’s economy and infrastructure to provide long term solutions for the country.
The briefing papers are designed to inform the discussion and cover current maritime piracy issues, including assessments of international, regional and local efforts in mitigating piracy off the Horn of Africa, the correlation between crime on the continent and piracy, and the industry’s efforts to halt it. With piracy growing rapidly in the Gulf of Guinea, how those attacks differ from those in the Gulf of Aden is also examined.
The analysis can be accessed on the event website at www.counterpiracy.ae.
Also available on the website are two white papers initiated by DP World to further contribute to the discussion. They follow expert panel discussions convened by knowledge partner, the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis (INEGMA), and highlight the need for soft diplomacy and the importance of investing in people, public-private partnerships and companies to facilitate Somalia’s economic and social recovery.
The UAE Counter-Piracy Conference is part of a UAE Counter-Piracy Week, which begins with the first ever meeting in the region of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) on 27-29 October. CGPCS was established in 2009 following UN Security Council Resolution 1851, and includes Ambassador-level officials from more than 80 countries, international organisations, shipping industry and seafarer associations. Mr. Maciej Popowski, Deputy Secretary General of the External Action Service of the European Union is the 2014 Chair of the CGPCS.
The UAE, as co-chair, with Japan and the Seychelles, of the Working Group ‘Maritime Counter-Piracy and Mitigation Operations’, is delighted to be hosting the first-ever meeting of this Working Group.