|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia Announces Launch of Website
Today, the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia has launched its official website at www.thecgpcs.org. The Contact Group, or CGPCS, established 14 January 2009 pursuant to United Nations Security Council resolution 1851 (2008), is a voluntary, ad hoc international forum of approximately 70 countries, organizations and industry groups with a common interest in combating piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, and bringing to justice pirates and their financiers and facilitators.
As the Contact Group does not have a standing secretariat, the Republic of Korea suggested the establishment of an official website during the 7th plenary session held in November 2010.
The Contact Group website will serve as a cyber secretariat offering a sphere of communication for Contact Group participants; a database storing Contact Group documents and other piracy-related materials; and an information centre promoting the work of the Contact Group to the general public.
The website will be jointly operated by the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States.
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