International Maritime Organization (IMO) has signed five strategic partnerships with a host of UN agencies and the EU, following a Conference on Capacity Building to Counter Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, held at IMO Headquarters in London on May 15, 2012.
The pacts were signed with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS); the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); and the World Food Programme (WFP). Another agreement with the European Union, acting through the European External Action Service (EEAS) was signed.
The pacts to combat piracy in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden Area reaffirm the mutual commitments to improving coordination across all programmes and activities, with a view to strengthening the anti-piracy and maritime capacity of states in the Western Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden area and developing viable and sustainable alternatives to piracy in Somalia.
The pacts underline IMO's commitment to combat piracy through boosting capacity building in the region.