India Co-Chair the Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness Under CGPCS

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India is going to co-chair the Working Group on Maritime Situational Awareness (WG-MSA) under Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) and during the 19th Plenary Session of the CGPCS held in Mahe, Seychelles from 31st May to 3th June 2016 the decision in this regard, was taken through an agreement.

  • India’s selection as co-chair authority is based on the credit of its pro-active role in opposing the problem of piracy off the Somalian Coast and in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).
  • Seychelles is the present chairman of the CGPCS for the biennium 2016 - 17.

About Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS)

  • CGPCS is an international governance mechanism.
  • It was established in 2009 for the discussion and coordination of actions amongst states and governments to suppress maritime piracy near Somali.
  • It was recognized in reaction of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1851 (2008), later it was recollected and changed with UNSC Resolution 1918 (2010).
  • 60 countries and international organizations have become part of this scene to work jointly for the slowdown piracy off the Somali coast previously.

About United Nations Security Council (UNSC):

  • UNSC is one of the six principal structures of the United Nations which is charged with the conservation of international reconciliation and security as well as compliant new members to the United Nations and favorable any changes to its United Nations Charter.
  • Its controls contain the formation of intermediation operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the approval of military action over Security Council resolutions; it is a simply the UN body with the ability to issue necessary resolutions to member states.
  • On 17 January 1946 the Security Council held its first session.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 8, 2016