IMO Legal Committee 102nd Session proposal

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IMO Legal Committee was updated on the current status of the Secretariat's counter-piracy initiatives in relation to piracy off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Guinea during its 120nd Session (14-16 April 2015), and was informed that piracy would remain contained, as long as merchant ships continued to implement IMO guidance and best management practices.

Following the expiration of the IMO Project Implementation Unit (PIU), the IMO Secretariat would continue to support the implementation of the Djibouti Code of Conduct. The main focus with respect to Somalia was to help develop the maritime sector through mainstream capacity-building under the auspices of the Technical Cooperation Committee (TCC), with a view to creating sustainable employment opportunities as an alternative to piracy.

It was noted that the capacity-building programmes of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), supported by IMO, had made significant progress in upgrading legislation and judicial capacity in Somalia and the wider region.

Member States were urged by the Committee to complete the Questionnaire on information on port and coastal State requirements related to privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships (annexed to MSC FAL.1/Circ.2) and to submit the information to the Organization at their earliest convenience.

Source: IMO

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