The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is joining several countries in Asia to battle ISIS-inspired pirates in the Sulu and Celebes seas.
This development came when UNODC and Japan forged a new partnership in Vienna to develop counter measures to address the increasing maritime threats in the region.
38 cases of piracy were recorded in 2016 that included abduction of seafarers from vessels in the Sulu and Celebes Seas. Of the 38 attacks, 21 involved the abduction of sailors for ransom.
Japan has decided to get involved, as there is a growing concern from Tokyo officials that maritime terrorists could slipped into the nation, which will host the Olympics and Paralymics in 2020.
Under the new arrangement, UNODC is expected to bring its anti-maritime piracy campaign expertise from Somalia to the region. The U.N. body has developed effective measures for identifying and pursuing pirate speed boats after having sporadic encounters with Somalia pirates. The collaborators will also deploy maritime police to work closely with their counterparts in terror-affected ASEAN countries.
The UNODC is a U.N. body that deals with the world’s most pressing concerns such as drug abuse prevention, international organized crime, terrorism and economic crime. It has been addressing these global threats since 1999 by working with host governments.
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