(2016 Chairman of the CGPCS, Joel Morgan, Government of the Seychelles)
“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 Chairman of the CGPCS, Maciej Popowski, EEAS)
Reflections from Participants
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
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
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
In collaboration with Web UN TV, the chairman of the CGPCS for the first time presents a livestream of the plenary of the CGPCS. Please watch it by following this link.
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
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.
The current Chairmen of the CGPCS has announced the preliminary agenda of the 19th plenary of the CGPCS. The meeting will be held in Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles, from the 31st of May to the 3rd of June. Following the plenary’s motto “From the Region t … Continue reading
On the 1st of February the CGPCS held a strategy meeting to take stock and plan its future activities. The one day event hosted by the Government of India and organized by the current chairmen, the Government of the Seychelles, took place at the Taj … Continue reading
In a letter to all stakeholders the Chairmen of the CGPCS Joel Morgan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Transport, Republic of Seychelles, announced the agenda of the forthcoming strategy meeting of the group. In the letter he expressed his “sincere a … Continue reading
In its December newsletter the EU’s CRIMARIO project provides an overview of its launch phase and activities in 2015. The EU’s Critical Maritime Routes Project (CRIMARIO) primarily intends to facilitate a culture of maritime situational awareness amo … Continue reading
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime continues to be one of the lead agencies in the fight against piracy and other maritime crimes. In its recently published annual report UNODC gives an overview of the activities carried out in 2015. The report provide … Continue reading