17th May 2024

Minister for National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah (left), and Foreign Affairs Minister of Norway, Ms. Anniken Huitfieldt, exchange pleasantries

Ghana and Norway have stressed their commitment in ensuring a collective response to maritime security during their tenures on the UN Security Council.

Ghana’s Minister for National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah, representing Foreign Minister Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey, and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Norway, Ms. Anniken Huitfieldt, have since launched a “Stable Seas Report on the Cost of Piracy off the Gulf of Guinea” to that effect.

The launch was co-sponsored by Ghana, Norway, Nigeria and the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC).

Mr Kan-Dapaah noted: “Piracy and robbery at sea are indeed a great threat to global security, and Ghana as well as other countries in the Gulf of Guinea region are no exception.”

He emphasized that piracy forms part of Ghana’s priorities to advance sustainable development through enhanced global peace and security.

“The increase in the activities of piracy and robbery at sea in the region from 64 in 2011 to 106 in 2020 is very disturbing… Out of 28 kidnappings at sea globally in 2020, 27 occurred off the Gulf of Guinea,” he said.

The areas covered in the report include the direct and indirect costs suffered by states in the Gulf of Guinea region due to pirate attacks which hurt regional economies including Ghana’s.

Security Council

Ghana will take a seat on the United Nations Security Council for two years, beginning January 2022. The country is expected to use her tenure to galvanize multilateral attention and action, including resolutions and presidential statements, to help address the situation.

On the side-lines of the launch, Mr Kan-Dapaah held a bilateral meeting with Ms. Huitfeldt to exchange ideas on additional areas of cooperation during Ghana’s term on the Security Council. Norway, which has nearly completed the first of its two-year tenure, will serve its second year together with Ghana in 2022.

Mr Kan-Dapaah highlighted other priorities that Ghana would seek cooperation and action on. These include insurgencies and violent extremism, the role of women, the youth and climate change, peace and security in Africa, as well as effective mandates for peace support operations.

The Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms. Anniken Huitfeldt, in her address, pledged her country’s commitment to working closely with affected countries to address maritime insecurity and combat crime in the Gulf of Guinea.

Ghana’s delegation (right) with their Norwegian counterparts

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