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Ghana, Norway launch report on cost of Piracy in Gulf of Guinea, As Ghana Takes Seat On Security Council

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Ghana and Norway have stressed their commitment in ensuring a collective response to maritime security during their tenures on the UN Security Council.

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Ghana’s Minister for National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Norway, Ms. Anniken Huitfieldt launched the “Stable Seas Report on the Cost of Piracy off the Gulf of Guinea.”

Mr. Kan-Dapaah represented Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Ms. Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey.

In January 2022, Ghana will take a seat on the United Nations Security Council for two years, and will use her tenure to galvanize multilateral attention and action, including resolutions and Presidential statements, to help address the situation.

The launch was co-sponsored by Ghana, Norway, Nigeria and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC).

“Piracy and robbery at sea are indeed a great threat to global security, and Ghana as well as other countries in the Gulf of Guinea region are no exception,” Mr. Kan-Dapaah said.

The areas covered in the report include the direct and indirect costs suffered by states in the Gulf of Guinea region due to pirate attacks which hurt regional economies including Ghana’s.

Mr. Kan-Dapaah emphasized that piracy forms part of Ghana’s priorities to advance sustainable development through enhanced global peace and security.

“The increase in the activities of piracy and robbery at sea in the region from 64 in 2011 to 106 in 2020 is very disturbing,” he added. Out of 28 kidnappings at sea globally in 2020, 27 occurred off the Gulf of Guinea,” he said.

On the margins of the launch, Kan-Dapaah also held a bilateral meeting with Ms. Huitfeldt, to exchange ideas on additional areas of cooperation during Ghana’s term on the Security Council. Norway which has nearly completed the first of its two year tenure, will serve its second year together with Ghana in 2022.

Mr. Kan-Dapaah also highlighted other priorities that Ghana would seek cooperation and action on. These include  insurgencies and violent extremism, the roles of women, the youth and climate change, peace and security in Africa, as well as effective mandates for peace support operations.

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt in her address pledged her country’s commitment to work closely with affected countries to address maritime insecurity and combat crime in the Gulf of Guinea.

(Below is a press release on the events in New York).

Tuesday 7th December 2021The Stable Seas Report on the Cost of Piracy off the Gulf of Guinea was launched at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The launch was jointly performed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway, H.E. Ms. Anniken Huitfieldt and the Minister for National Security, Hon. Albert Kan-Dapaah, who represented the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

The launch of the report, which was co-sponsored by Ghana, Norway, Nigeria and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) is commendable in many respects. Ghana’s co-sponsorship of the launch of the report is part of her efforts to draw global attention to the canker of piracy and galvanize multilateral support for regional arrangements in dealing with the issue. Ghana assumes her seat on the United Nations Security Council in January 2022 for two years, and will use her tenure to support Resolutions and Presidential Statements aimed at addressing insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea.

 

The areas covered in the report, including the direct and indirect costs suffered by states in the Gulf of Guinea region due to pirate attacks, are important for the economies of these countries, including Ghana.

During the launch of the report, Hon. Kan-Dapaah underscored the significant threat posed by piracy and robbery at sea to security in the Gulf of Guinea and re-iterated the point that tackling maritime piracy forms part of Ghana’s priorities to advance sustainable development through enhanced global peace and security, during her tenure on the United Nations Security Council.

 

Hon. Kan-Dapaah noted that piracy and robbery at sea are indeed a great threat to global security, and Ghana as well as other countries in the Gulf of Guinea region are no exception. He further added that the increase in the activities of piracy and robbery at sea in the region from 64 in 2011 to 106 in 2020 should be of concern.

 

In her remarks at the launch, the Norwegian Foreign Minister noted that Norwegians have always depended on the sea for food, work and development as a modern nation. She said that development within the coastal states of the Gulf of Guinea was hampered by the activities of piracy and maritime armed robbery. She emphasized the need to combat the menace in order to unleash the full potential of the economies of the states in the Gulf of Guinea region.

 

On the margins of the launch of the report, Hon. Kan-Dapaah held a bilateral meeting with H.E. Ms. Huitfeldt, to exchange ideas on areas of cooperation including ensuring maritime security, particularly during Ghana’s tenure on the Security Council.  Ghana and Norway will be serving together on the Security Council for a year in 2022.

The Minister also seized the opportunity to highlight some of the other priorities that Ghana looks forward to cooperating with Norway on while on the Council, including Strengthened Partnerships with Regional Arrangements; Preventive Diplomacy; Countering Insurgencies and Violent Extremism; Effective Mandates for peace support operations; Women in Peace and Security; Youth in Peace and Security; and Climate Change Dimensions of Peace and Security. END.

 

Access the report at https://drive.google.com/file/d/19yczy0nAT4_UONq_ynRMWzIZkch0jwFR/view

 

 

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