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The Assembly,

 RECALLING Article 15(j) of the Convention on the International Maritime Organization concerning the functions of the Assembly in relation to regulations and guidelines concerning maritime safety,

 RECALLING the rights and obligations of States under the international law of the sea, including the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea relating to piracy,

 RECALLING ALSO the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1988 and the Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms located on the Continental Shelf, 1988 and encouraging States that have not done so, to ratify the said instruments as a matter of priority,

 NOTING resolution A/RES/63/111 on Oceans and the law of the sea, by which the United Nations General Assembly, at its sixty-third session, urged all States, in cooperation with the International Maritime Organization, to actively combat piracy and armed robbery at sea by adopting measures, including those relating to assistance with capacity-building through training of seafarers, port staff and enforcement personnel in the prevention, reporting and investigation of incidents, for bringing the alleged perpetrators to justice in accordance with international law, and by adopting national legislation,

 NOTING ALSO the approval by the Maritime Safety Committee of MSC.1/Circ.1333 and MSC.1/Circ.1334 containing recommendations to Governments and guidance to shipowners and ship operators, shipmasters and crews on preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships,

 RECOGNIZING WITH DEEP CONCERN the grave danger to safety of life at sea, maritime safety, security and the protection of the marine environment arising from acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships,

 RECOGNIZING ALSO that the number of acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships continues to increase worldwide,

 BEING AWARE that the fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships is often impeded by the absence of effective legislation in some countries for investigating reported cases of piracy and armed robbery against ships,

 NOTING the need for capacity-building and technical cooperation in the field of suppression of piracy and armed robbery against ships,

 BEING ALSO AWARE that, when arrests are made, some Governments lack the legislative framework and investigative guidelines necessary to ensure the conviction and punishment of those involved in acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships,

 RECALLING that the Assembly, at its twenty-second regular session and through resolution A.922(22), adopted the Code of Practice for the Investigation of the Crimes of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships (“the Code of Practice”) and, at its twenty-fifth session and through resolution A.1002(25), requested as a matter of urgency the Maritime Safety Committee to review and update the Code of Practice taking into account developments and emerging needs,

 BEING CONVINCED of the need for an amended Code of Practice to be adopted and promulgated as soon as possible,

 BEING ALSO CONVINCED of the need for Governments to cooperate and, as a matter of the highest priority, take all necessary action to prevent and suppress any acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships,

 HAVING CONSIDERED the recommendation made by the Maritime Safety Committee at its eighty-sixth session,

  1. ADOPTS the Code of Practice for the Investigation of Crimes of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships (“Code of Practice”) set out in the annex to the present resolution;

  2. INVITES Governments to cooperate in the interests of safety of life at sea, environmental protection and enhancement of maritime security by increasing their efforts to suppress and prevent acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships;

  3. URGES Governments to implement the Code of Practice, to investigate all acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships under their jurisdiction, and to report to the Organization pertinent information on all investigations and prosecutions relating to these acts so as to allow lessons to be learned from the experiences of shipowners, masters and crews who have been subject to attacks, thereby enhancing preventative guidance for others who may find themselves in similar situations in the future;

  4. ALSO INVITES Governments to develop, as appropriate, agreements and procedures to facilitate cooperation in applying efficient and effective measures to prevent acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships;

  5. ENCOURAGES Governments to apply the provisions of international instruments aimed at enhancing the safety and security of life at sea and at preventing and suppressing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships;

  6. FURTHER URGES all Governments responsible for ports, anchorages and sea areas off their coasts to inform the Organization of specific advice they have issued on the subject of piracy and armed robbery against ships, for promulgation to ships concerned;

  7. REQUESTS the Maritime Safety Committee and the Legal Committee to keep the Code of Practice under review and authorizes them to adopt jointly the necessary amendments to the Code of Practice;

  8. REQUESTS FURTHER the Maritime Safety Committee and the Legal Committee to report on action taken in accordance with this resolution to the twenty-seventh regular session of the Assembly;

  9. REVOKES resolution A.922(22).


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