The CGPCS chairman has published its December 2014 newsletter (available via the following link: CGPCS Newsletter December 2014). Without giving too much away, the issue includes reflections on the recent 2014 UAE Counter-piracy Week that included 17th Plenary Session of the CGPCS and the 4th UAE Counter-piracy Conference. It also draws attention to the work of the Lessons Learned Consortium, including a reference to the repository of CGPCS lessons learned papers available here at www.lessonsfrompiracy.net and also the recent EUISS published lessons learned report (Fighting piracy off the coast of Somalia).
Furthermore, the newsletter also discusses the launch of the CGCS Piracy Survivor Family Fund that will be administered by the non-profit Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (www.mphrp.org) as a means of providing support to the survivors and families of piracy attacks (more details on this initiative can be found on page 2 of the newsletter). In addition, the newsletter reports that $900,000 has been approved, by the Board of the Trust Fund to Support Initiatives of States Countering Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, to support three projects submitted by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and the UNODC. The Newsletter can be accessed here: CGPCS Newsletter December 2014