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The UN’s Role in Combatting Piracy and Terrorism at Sea

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Chapter Summary

This chapter describes the role of the United Nations in the efforts to combat, on the one hand piracy and, on the other hand, terrorist acts against shipping, offshore installations and other maritime interests both of which are of particular concern to the international community. It starts by setting out the clear distinction between these types of offences and the international legal regimes that apply to them including the relevant international conventions and other instruments, such as Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. The chapter highlights the importance of international cooperation in combating both piracy and terrorist acts at sea, and describes the development of regional and international cooperation frameworks. It also highlights some key capacity-building initiatives currently underway and addresses the role of the United Nations and other relevant actors in this regard. The chapter concludes by assessing the current challenges facing the international community in addressing these offences.

Keywords:combating piracy; international legal regimes; Security Council; terrorist; United Nations



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