IMO has taken part
in the annual meeting of G7 Group of Friends of the Gulf of Guinea (G7++ FoGG)
which focuses on dealing with illegal activities at sea in the Gulf of Guinea.
The online event
(23 – 25 June) included discussions on how the Yaoundé Code of Conduct will
function going forward. The Code’s primary objective is to manage and
considerably reduce the adverse impacts from piracy, armed robbery against
ships and other illicit maritime activities. It was developed with technical
support from IMO and adopted in 2013.
The role of civil
society organisations and their role in
addressing the causes of piracy was highlighted, providing a valuable insight
into some of the social, cultural and economic challenges facing the region.
Now is the time to make real progress remarked IMO Secretary-General
In his opening
remarks, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted the urgency of the
security situation, stating “now is the time to make real progress. I call upon
all stakeholders to display genuine commitment to confront these issues head
on”. He also reiterated that IMO would continue to support training and other
capacity-building activities for individual Gulf of Guinea states as well as
cooperative regional efforts.
Speaking at the
event, IMO’s Gisela Vieira emphasised
that IMO is continuing to work with Member States via virtual platforms,
despite much of the in-the-field work being on hold due to the COVID-19
pandemic. IMO is fully engaged in facilitating and supporting virtual meetings
with the Inter-regional coordination center (ICC) to progress the
implementation and to assess the requirement for revision of the Yaoundé Code
of Conduct framework.
FoGG was hosted under the Co-Chair of the United Kingdom and Senegal
The FoGG was hosted
under the Co-Chair of the United Kingdom and Senegal, with participants from
G7++ FoGG countries including those in West and Central Africa, international
organizations and industry.