At the Peace ceremony today in Juba South Sudanese parties reconfirmed their commitment to the 'Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan', signed on 12 September under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The initial steps taken towards its implementation, are going in the right direction and should be followed by others.
Democracy cannot live without free, diverse and independent media. Journalists and media actors across the globe hold states, government officials, corporations and society at large accountable for their actions. But far too many among them face threats and attacks simply for carrying out their work, while the perpetrators of these attacks often act with total impunity.
The European Union has pledged close to EUR 300 million to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources during its participation at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. This comes on top of the EUR 550 million in commitments made by the EU in 2017, when it hosted the conference in Malta.
The European Union and the Global Maritime Crime Programme of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC GMCP) have a long and effective relation in building capacities to tackle maritime crimes. The EU and the Global Maritime Crime Programme of UNODC started partnering in 2010 to support Eastern African states (Kenya, Seychelles, Mauritius and Tanzania) prosecuting piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia.
The Gulf of Guinea is a vast and diverse region stretching from Senegal to Angola, including approximately 6,000km of coastline. The Gulf of Guinea is an important geo-political choke point for shipping transporting oil extracted in the Niger delta, as well as goods to and from central and southern Africa. Piracy, armed robbery at sea, illegal fishing, smuggling and trafficking, pose a major threat to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea and ultimately to the economic development of the entire region. The 2018 EU Maritime Security Strategy (EU MSS) Action Plan contributes to the implementation of the EU Global Strategy as well as the EU Gulf of Guinea Strategy and Action Plan. It includes, for the first time, a section dedicated to regions and sea-basins, including the Gulf of Guinea.