The United States will join partners from 60 countries and international organizations at the United Nations in New York November 10 for a plenary meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, a growing diplomatic effort that is making steady progress against criminals targeting Africa-bound humanitarian aid shipments and other vessels transiting one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors.
The plenary, hosted by South Korea, will be the seventh gathering of this unique international partnership, which was established following the adoption of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1851 to coordinate an effective international response to piracy in the Somali Basin and surrounding waters. Since its initial meeting in January 2009, the Contact Group has nearly doubled in size − a testament to the global consensus that piracy poses a shared security challenge to maritime safety.
Among its accomplishments, the Contact Group has:
To learn more about U.S. support for international efforts against piracy, visit www.state.gov/t/pm/ppa/piracy/index.htm .