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Gulf of Guinea: UN Security Council adopts resolution to intensify fight against piracy

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted on May 31 a resolution to intensify the fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, a black spot for shipowners and which is estimated to cost the region nearly two billion dollars per year.

The text urges “Member States of the Gulf of Guinea region to act swiftly, at the national and regional levels, with the support of the international community (…), to develop and implement maritime security strategies”.

The resolution calls on “Member States of the region to criminalize piracy and armed robbery at sea under their national legislation”.

According to the UN, the cost of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is estimated at about “two billion dollars per year”.

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