The United Arab Emirates, in a partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and global ports operator DP World convened a high-level, public-private counter piracy conference, in Dubai, in June 2012. This followed the highly successful inaugural conference held in April last year.
The Conference was by invitation only and was a platform for the international and regional community to come together with the aim of:
- Continuing to build awareness of all aspects of the current threat, internationally and in the region, including issues related to land-based solutions;
- Furthering industry-government cooperation in the joint response, including extending support to seafarers who are suffering from maritime piracy on the frontline;
- Supporting capacity development among regional states, especially Somalia, so that they are able to present viable responses to the piracy threat;
- Build on the work and achievements of the London Conference in Somalia in galvanizing international attention to the issue.
Representations from 41 governments and 73 industry and other non-government organizations renewed their commitment to a public-private partenership approach to combatting piracy.