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11/1/11UN Security Council Resolution 1950This resolution follows on from previous resolutions concerning the situation in Somalia, especially resolutions 1814 (2008), 1816 (2008), 1838 (2008), 1844 (2008), 1846 (2008), 1851 (2008), 1897 (2009), and 1918 (2010), as well as the Statement of its President (S/PRST/2010/16) of 25 August 2010.  UN Security CouncilUN Security Council Resolution
1/1/12Treasure Mapped: Using Satellite Imagery to Track the Developmental Effects of Somali PiracyThis Chatham House report analyzes the on-land impacts of Somali piracy and introduces a number of alternative indicators for economic activity in Somalia. The report concludes that piracy appears to lead to widespread economic development and therefore has a large interest group behind its continuation, which must be considered when developing land-based strategies to address this problem. View publication Anja ShortlandReport
1/1/122050 Africa's Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Strategy)The African Union’s 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy provides a broad framework for the protection and sustainable exploitation of the African Maritime Domain for wealth creation. The Strategy integrates an annexed Plan of Action for its operationalization and is a frequently referenced capstone document for national and regional African maritime resource and security strategies. To view full strategy, please click here.  African UnionStrategy
1/1/12House of Commons: Piracy off SomaliaA report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK House of Commons, focusing on the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Government’s contribution to international counter-piracy efforts. The report contains extensive oral and written evidence. View publication House of CommonsReport
1/1/12S/2012/50 - Report of the Secretary-General on specialized anti-piracy courts in Somalia and other States in the region This report is submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 2015 (2011) outlines the kind of international assistance that would be required to help make specialized regional anti-piracy courts operational; the procedural arrangements required for transfer of apprehended pirates and related evidence; the projected case capacity of such courts; and the projected timeline and costs for such courts. UN Secretary GeneralUN Secretary-General Report
2/1/12UN Security Council Meeting S/PV.6723 - Peace consolidation in West AfricaThis meeting transcript 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. UN Security CouncilUN Security Council Document
2/1/12The EU and Somalia: Counter-Piracy and the Question of a Comprehensive ApproachSince 2005, violent attacks on maritime traffic off the Somali coast have been steadily increasing. Somali pirates have managed to establish a unique business model: vessels of all kinds are being hijacked with their crews on board for the sole purpose of gaining ransom. During the last few years, they have been improving their capabilities and skills to such a degree that Jack Lang, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Legal Issues related to Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, has confirmed an industrialization of the phenomenon. Taking into account the plight of the Somali people after more than two decades of internal conflict, the implications of prolonged insecurity and instability for the country and the region, as well as the impact of terrorist activities and organized piracy for its citizens and the European Union’s strategic and economic interests, the EU has tried to tackle the crisis from various angles by instigating what has been labeled a “comprehensive approach”. In this, political dialogue as well as humanitarian and development aid have been complemented not only by efforts to prop up the Somali security sector but also by the first naval operation ever established within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP: EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Atalanta. To view full report please click here.  Hans-Georg Ehrhart, Kerstin PetrettoWorking Paper
2/1/12UN Security Council Resolution 2039Expressing deep concern about piracy and armed robbery at sea in Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, the Security Council this morning urged States of the region to act with dispatch to counter the scourge at the national and regional levels, encouraging international partners to provide support for regional patrols, coordination centres and the implementation of a region-wide strategy To view full resolution, please click here.  UN Security CouncilUN Security Council Resolution
2/1/12UN Security Council Resolution 2036Noting the presence of Al-Shabab, which has joined Al Qaeda, requests the African Union to increase AMISOM’s force strength to the maximum of 17,731 uniformed personnel. It also requests that AMISOM continues to provide capacity-building to Somali security forces and urges states to coordinate with AMISOM.   UN Security CouncilUN General Assembly Resolution
4/1/12UN General Assembly Resolution 66/231 - Oceans and the law of the sea This resolution follows previous annual resolutions on the law of the sea and on oceans and the law of the sea, including resolutions 65/37 A of 2010 and 65/37 B of 2011. It addresses issues related to the Law of the Sea.  UN General AssemblyUN General Assembly Resolution