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Transnational Organized Crime at sea as a Threat to International Peace and Security - Security Council, 8457th meeting
5 Feb 2019 -  Under the agenda item: Maintenance of international peace and security.
The seas and oceans represent the greatest space for international trade and have always been used for exploration purposes and to establish contact between different civilizations for the benefit of humankind. The oceans and seas hold important natural resources, hence the need for the proper regulation of them that will ensure the safety and stability required for the responsible and sustainable exploitation of natural resources in the interest of all nations. However, the many challenges associated with managing maritime spaces allows for the commission of all kinds of criminal and illegal acts. Transnational criminal groups take advantage of this situation, threatening the stability and security of both coastal and landlocked States and endangering the fundamental concept of freedom of the seas.
The debate will focus on the root causes of maritime crime and provide the members of the Security Council with the opportunity to discuss how to prevent and counteract maritime crime, help to prevent conflict and maintain international peace and security by doing so.
The following individuals will brief the debate:
(a) Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, UNODC;
(b) Florentina Adenike Ukonga, Executive Secretary, Gulf of Guinea Commission.
Letter dated 31 January 2019 from the Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (S/2019/98)
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