This meeting of the United Nations Security Council discusses the peace consolidation process in West Africa with particular regards to piracy in the Gulf of Guinea. The discussions include a call for a comprehensive regional strategy to combat piracy as well as a harmonized legal framework for maritime security with the support of the international community.
Stop Illegal Fishing is committed to ending the devastating impacts of illegal fishing across all African fisheries. It is only through the eradication of illegal fishing that African nations and their people will enjoy the full benefits of stable and increased revenues from their fishery resources. SIF was launched in mid-2007 and has since become a core component of the Partnership for African Fisheries. Dedicated to working in partnership with governments, civil society, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and the fishing industry, Stop Illegal Fishing is working towards a solution to IUU fishing in Africa.
The Partnership for African Fisheries is a part of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a technical body of the African Union. PAF works to improve the sustainability of Africa’s fisheries and improve the returns provided by this sector. PAF is committed to a vision in which fish contribute significantly to African prosperity and growth. PAF aims to support an emerging political cadre in defining processes that will strengthen Africa’s capacity to consider, determine and implement responsive reforms in fisheries governance and trade.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and stimulate civic life. Pew is an independent nonprofit organization, whose portfolio includes: public opinion research; arts and culture; and, environmental, health, state and consumer policy initiatives. The aim of Pew’s environmental initiatives is to strengthen policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for terrestrial and marine systems worldwide. Pew combats IUU, on a global scale, through its Ending Illegal Fishing project.
FAO is a specialized technical agency, working towards the alleviation of poverty and strengthening of livelihoods and food security. FAO implements interventions in partnership with governments, national and international NGOs as well as other UN agencies. Within the global FAO structure, FAO Somalia falls under the Emergency Operations and Rehabilitations Division. The FAO has developed a 5-Year Strategy and Plan of Action 2011-2015, with six components, including: increasing and stabilizing agricultural production and rural families’ incomes; improving profitable and sustainable utilization of livestock resources; sustainable fishing for increased incomes of fishing communities and fishermen; managing natural resources for recovery and sustainable use; supporting public/private partnerships and local institutions; and improving preparedness.
The International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Network aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries-related MCS activities through enhanced cooperation, coordination, information collection and exchange among national organizations/institutions responsible for fisheries-related MCS.
UNOWA is entrusted with the overall mandate of enhancing the contributions of the UN towards the achievement of peace and security in West Africa. This includes governance, mainstreaming security sector reform into development strategies, defining an integrated sub regional approach to humanitarian, human rights and gender issues, curbing corruption, poverty alleviation, addressing youth unemployment as well as cross-border illicit trafficking and organized crime. These emerging destabilizing issues can be considered as new threats to security.
The United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) was officially launched on 2 March 2011 in Libreville, Gabon. It is mandated to assist Member States and Sub-regional organizations in consolidating peace and preventing potential conflicts. Its establishment fulfills a long-expressed desire on the part of countries in the sub-region for the creation of such an office. This has been done through an exchange of letters completed in August 2010 between the United Nations Secretary-General and the Security Council. The United Nations General Assembly approved its budget in December 2010. The mandate of UNOCA, which was initially for two years (to be reviewed after 18 months), was renewed by the Security Council on 21 August 2012 until 28 February 2014.
The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in all fields of economic activity, particularly industry, transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters.