Outcomes of the 20th Plenary of the CGPCS

The outcomes of the 20th plenary of the CGPCS held in Mauritius are now available. The communique of the CGPCS summarises the main observations, decisions and next steps that were agreed at the three-day meeting. Please download the communique here.  … Continue reading

20th plenary of CGPCS commences in Mauritius

The CGPCS will hold its plenary from the 5th to the 7th of July in Mauritius. The 20th plenary will not only be important to discuss recent pirate activities, but also to determine the future shape of the counter-piracy infrastructure. The meeting wi … Continue reading

New CGPCS Newsletter

The chair has released a new CGPCS newsletter which provides an overview of recent counter-piracy work. Please download the newsletter here. 

Press Communique in commemoration of Giles Noake

In a press communique the Chairmen of the CGPCS commemorates Giles Noake, one of the key contributor of the counter-piracy architecture, in particular, the Best Management Practices. Read the full statement here.

OBP launches piracy report 2016 – CGPCS chair gives keynote

The U.S. non-governmental organization and advocacy group Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) has launched its 2016 State of Maritime Piracy report at an event in the United Kingdom Chamber of Shipping, London. The report discusses counter-piracy trends and e … Continue reading

Chair anounces dates for next plenary meeting

In a letter to the CGPCS participants, the Chair has announced the dates of the 2017 plenary. The 20th plenary of the CGPCS will take place in Mauritius from the 5th to the 7th of July, 2017. For further information contact the CGPCS Secretariat.

Chair announces next CGPCS meeting in newsletter

The chair has just released a new CGPCS newsletter with updates on counter-piracy developments. The chair also announced that the next plenary meeting will take place in Mauritius with dates still to be confirmed. Read the full CGPCS newsletter here. … Continue reading

Commentaries on ARIS13 Hijacking

Two recent commentaries published with The Conversation discuss consequences of the recent ARIS 13 hijacking off the coast of Somalia. Both commentaries foreground the importance of paying due attention to the needs and grievances of coastal populati … Continue reading

Strategic Review of Trust Fund published

The Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia operating since 2010 under the auspices of the UN has been one of the major vehicles to fund counter-piracy projects. The trust fund was created to help defray … Continue reading

2017 CGPCS theme: Leaving a Lasting Legacy for the Region

Barry Faure

In a new communication to the CGPCS participants, the new CGPCS chairperson, Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Seychelles, announced the master message for the year: “Leaving a Lasting Legacy for t … Continue reading

The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) is the instrument by which the international community plans, coordinates and steers the fight against Somali piracy. It is the nodal point of the large counter-piracy network and brings together and connects hundreds of actors, representing states, international organizations, industry associations, naval missions or counter-piracy projects. This page captures the experience of the Contact Group and extrapolates core lessons from its work. It brings together the voices from the participants and stakeholders of the CGPCS. It frequently reports on the outcomes of CGPCS meetings, contains the archived documents of the CGPCS and a range of analytic papers that demonstrate the importance of the CGPCS  for scholarship and other fields of complex global governance. All stakeholders and participants are invited to contribute. Since 2015 the repository serves as the official website of the CGPCS. The CGPCS Workspace can be accessed here.

path_4943“We are committed as a regional state, a small island developing nation, and as current chair of the Contact Group, to ensure that as we work to end piracy, that we as well promote strategies that will create positive opportunities for all, in legal, environmental friendly approaches, so that our Indian Ocean becomes a positive example of what can happen when partners from all corners of this global village joins forces in a positive way. It can be done and we are doing it today. ”

(2016 Chairman of the CGPCS, Joel Morgan, Government of the Seychelles)

Maciej_Popowski“The Contact Group on piracy is unique. It is a laboratory for innovative multilateral governance to address complex international issues. The great thing is that it is delivering.”

(2014/2015 Chairman of the CGPCS, Maciej Popowski, EEAS)

Reflections from Participants

The PLA Navy of China Contribution to Counter-Piracy

People's Republic of China, People's Liberation Army (Navy) frigate PLA(N) Yueyang (FF 575) steams in formation with 42 other ships and submarines representing 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Shannon Renfroe/Released)

In the most recent contribution to the lessons learned project of the CGPCS the People’s Liberation Army Navy revisits its contribution to counter-piracy operation off the Horn of Africa. The official report submitted by PLA Navy at the instruction of the Ministry of Defense, People’s Republic of Ch … Continue reading

Lessons from Operational Analysis at CMF

CMF logo

In this contribution to the Lessons Learned Project, Matthew R. MacLeod (Canada) and William M. Wardrop (UK) discuss the role of Operational Analysis (OA) for the work of the Combined Maritime Forces. As they discuss in the paper, operational analysis was instrumental to ensure an effective employme … Continue reading

The High Risk Area debate – What was at stake?

High Risk Area

Since 2012 the CGPCS agenda was increasingly occupied by the question whether the High Risk Area (HRA) of the Best Management Practices (BMP) should be revised. Why did the high risk area become so controversial? What’s at stake in the debate? What can be learned from this debate? A new lessons lear … Continue reading

The CGPCS: in 15 steps explained

CGPCS explained

In a new Powerpoint presentation by the EEAS the work of the CGPCS is explained in 15 easy steps. The presentation discusses how the CGPCS was designed, how it functions and why it worked so well in containing piracy. It also discusses the link between the CGPCS and the broader UN architecture (view … Continue reading

Countering Somali Piracy: Pakistan’s Perspective


In this paper, Vice Admiral (Retd) Asaf Humayun, Director General – National Centre for Maritime Policy Research, Bahria University, Karachireflects on the role of Pakistan as an active participant in the fight against Somali piracy since 2009 and as a member of the Contact Group on Piracy off the C … Continue reading