OBP and IPI Host High-Level Officials in Support of Pan-African Maritime Goals

OBP and IPI Host High-Level Officials in Support of Pan-African Maritime Goals

New York, USA – 7 July 2015: Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) and the International Peace Institute (IPI) are co-­‐hosting a public event with the objective of “Supporting Pan-­‐African Maritime Goals for 2050.” The event will take place on 9 July 2015 from 9am to 1pm at the International Peace Institute and will include two panels around the theme of advancing Africa’s maritime goals.

The first panel will focus on Africa’s maritime opportunities and will be moderated by Ambassador John L. Hirsch, Senior Advisor of the IPI. Speakers include HEM Robert Dussey, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Togo, who will focus on the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on Maritime Security and Development for Africa to be held in Togo in November and HEM Téte António, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations, who will speak about the “2015–2025 Decade of African Seas and Oceans.”

The second panel will be moderated by Jérôme Michelet, of Oceans Beyond Piracy and will support the African Maritime Summit and the African Maritime Strategy. Speakers will include the French Special Representative of the fight against Piracy, Ambassador Véronique Roger-­‐Lacan, Robert Mazurek, Director of the Secure Fisheries program, John Steed of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Nairobi, and Lisa Speer of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

This event will reflect the November African Maritime Summit’s focus on actionable progress for Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (AIMS 2050) that was adopted in 2014 and will address two main objectives: the fight against maritime insecurity in Africa and the promotion of the “Blue Economy.”

“The Togolese government is committed to the success of this Summit,” said HEM Dussey. “We believe that this event will mark the beginning of a new era, which sees the maritime domain as an important tool in African development.”

The side event is open to the press, and Foreign Minister Dussey and others will have availability to take questions. Registration for the event can be found at http://goo.gl/oyN3ss.

To coordinate interviews with panelists, please contact Maisie Pigeon of Oceans Beyond Piracy at mpigeon@oneearthfuture.org or +1 571.215.1782.