Hostages released

hostages from FV Naham 3

On the 23rd of October it was announced that 26 hostages captured during the heyday of piracy off the coast of Somalia were released. The crew of the FV Naham 3 was in captivity for 4.5 years and was released thanks to the support of the Hostage Supp … Continue reading

Newsletter of the CGPCS published

CGPCS newsletter pic

The CGPCS Secretariat has published a new newsletter that provides updates on current developments. The newsletter contains a summary of the last plenary of the CGPCS and its revised structure, summaries of key developments in Somalia and the region … Continue reading

WG1 meeting announced for November

Dar es salaam

Today it was announced that a meeting of the Working Group 1 will be held in Dar Es Salaam on November 16th. At the 19th Plenary of the UN’s Contact Group for Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) held in Victoria, Republic of Seychelles early this … Continue reading

New UN SG report reviews developments and challenges

UN SG report 2016

A new report by the UN secretary general, submitted to the UN Security Council pursuant to paragraph 33 of Security Council resolution 2246 (2015), provides an excellent overview of the developments over the last year and the diverse measures impleme … Continue reading

Final Communique of the 19th plenary published

CGPCS structure

The final communique of the 19th plneary of the CGPCS, held in Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles from the 31st of May to 3rd of June 2016 is now available as pdf. The communique re-iterates the strong commitment of the international community for the fight … Continue reading

CGPCS Meeting concludes


On the last day of the CGPCS Counter-Piracy week in the Seychelles the results were reported to the plenary and the communique reflecting the next steps was finalized. The CGPCS decided on streamlining its work by reforming the working group structur … Continue reading

CGPCS Meeting, day 3: Working group sessions continue


On the third day of the 2016 CGPCS counter-piracy week the focus was on working groups and sub groups. In the morning one working group, the Trust Fund board and the Somali Maritime Security Coordination Committee (MSSC) met in parallel sessions. The … Continue reading

CGPCS Counter-Piracy Week, Day 2


On the second day of the Seychelles counter-piracy week working group and ad hoc meetings were held. In the morning two working groups and the legal forum met. The working group Capacity Building discussed the state of capacity building efforts as we … Continue reading

Seychelles Counter-Piracy Week kicks off: the first plenary day


Yesterday saw the opening of the week long meeting of the Contact Group on Piracy on the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS). The 19th plenary of the CGPCS and related working group meetings are held in Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles from 31st of May to 3rd of June … Continue reading

Forthcoming Plenary: Preliminary Agenda announced


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

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