The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation between the two
organisations in combating maritime crime and piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
Under the MoU, ReCAAP ISC and UNODC GMCP have agreed to exchange information and material on threats and trends related to maritime crime, piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. The MoU will also facilitate reciprocal representation by the ReCAAP ISC and UNODC GMCP at meetings, forums and activities convened by either party.
The signing of the MoU builds on the existing collaborative relationship between the ReCAAP ISC and UNODC GMCP. The ReCAAP ISC, since 2018, has been participating in the Contact Group Meetings on the Sulu and Celebes Seas (CGSCS) organised by UNODC GCMP. CGSCS is a multi-stakeholder approach that brings of key issues and responses to maritime crimes in the Sulu and Celebes Seas. The ReCAAP ISC, during these meetings, has provided insights on the observations and trends of the abduction of crew incidents in the Sulu and Celebes Seas.
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Mr. Krishnaswamy Natarajan, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC, said “The MoU with UNODC GMCP will expand ReCAAP ISC’s network of cooperative arrangements with international organisations, and provide the Centre with greater access to information, expertise and insights regarding maritime crimes and maritime security in Asia. We are pleased to partner with UNODC GMCP to support the safety and security of mariners traversing the region.”
Ms. Siri Bjune, Head of UNODC GMCP, said “The signing of the MoU between UNODC GMCP and ReCAAP ISC signifies our strong joint commitment in the continued fight against maritime crime and illicit activities at sea”