DUBAI: The UAE‚Äôs leadership in combating piracy at sea has been further underlined with the announcement on Saturday of a four-day UAE Counter-Piracy Week to be held in Dubai at the end of October.
The UAE Counter-Piracy Week will comprise two events held consecutively in Dubai: sessions of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS), taking place on Oct 27-29, and the 4th International Counter-Piracy Conference, taking place on Oct 29-30.
The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (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. 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 in Dubai the first-ever meeting of this Working Group during the first two days of the International Counter-Piracy Week.
The UAE Counter-Piracy Week will bring together the entire global counter-piracy community in what will be the biggest and most prestigious series of meetings and events to discuss combating maritime piracy and generating sustainable solutions on land.
The International Counter-Piracy Conference will again be co-convened by the UAE‚Äôs Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DP World, and will take place on the final two days of the International Counter-Piracy Week Oct 29-30. It will bring together senior government and industry representatives to seek solutions to address maritime piracy at sea and on land.
The wider scope builds on the success of the conference series that has witnessed a 40 per cent drop in the number of piracy-related incidents since it was first held in 2011. The focus of the international community has now moved to building Somalia‚Äôs economy and infrastructure to address the root causes of maritime piracy. With this in mind, the theme of the 2014 International Counter-Piracy Conference is ‚ÄúSecuring State Recovery: Sustaining Momentum at Sea, Confronting Instability on Land‚Äù.
The UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, emphasised: ‚ÄúSince the inaugural Counter Piracy Conference in 2011, there has been a significant reduction of piracy in the Indian Ocean and Horn of Africa regions, including mariners held captive, as a direct result of strategic, focused and multi-disciplinary approaches that include security operations, investments in economic and social development, humanitarian assistance, and capacity-building for local security forces and legal systems. This is a testament to the effectiveness of the international community, both the public and private sectors, working together to improve the safety of trade lanes and to give economic options to young Somalis.‚Äô‚Äô