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Perth to host counter-piracy Conference



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Department of Defence media release

Defence

media release

15 July 2012

Perth to host Counter-Piracy Conference

Australia will host an international counter-piracy conference in Perth from 16 to 17 July.

The Perth Counter-Piracy Conference was originally announced in October 2011 at a forum on Indian Ocean piracy in the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, also in Perth.

Somali piracy is a serious global concern. Increasingly violent and widespread attacks cost the global economy over US$7 billion each year.

Effective and lasting solutions to such a large problem require a coordinated approach, drawing on both military and civilian contributions. This will be the focus of the Perth Counter-Piracy

Conference.

Previous conferences hosted in the Seychelles, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and Turkey, have contributed to discussions on the causes of Somali piracy, and the impact of piracy on the international community.

Discussions at the Perth Counter-Piracy Conference, will focus on how multinational and multiagency cooperation can help address the piracy challenge.

The Conference will examine how efforts to deal with piracy in South-east Asia can be used in the broader region, including how these experiences might be applied off the coast of Somalia and the emerging challenge of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.

Over 65 countries have been invited to attend the Perth Conference, with representatives from governments, international organisations,

peak industry bodies, and academic think tanks to attend.

The Perth Conference is the latest addition to Australia’s international counter-piracy efforts. Australia currently contributes a frigate to the US-led Combined Maritime Forces’ counter-terrorism, counter-piracy, and maritime security task forces. Australia also supports and participates in the Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) group, which coordinates military responses to piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and the Contact Group on Piracy, off the Coast of Somalia.

Australia also assists the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Counter-Piracy Programme, to strengthen the capacity of the judicial and corrections systems in the Indian Ocean region. This includes the deployment of Australian Federal Police officers to assist with the prosecution of pirates.

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