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UNITAR-UNOSAT releases report on Global Maritime Piracy: A Geospatial Analysis 1995-2013

(04April2014) the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), released a global report on maritime piracy.

Following a five year engagement by UNITAR to conduct applied research and geospatial analysis on piracy activities, this report constitutes the first global geospatial analysis on the issue. What started with identifying captured ships delivering humanitarian assistance and other goods using satellite imagery later expanded to regional geospatial analyses for the western Indian Ocean. The current report assesses piracy at the global level. This research includes detailed geo-spatial analyses, while relating findings to complementary factors, including references to specific examples illustrating the complexity of the piracy issue.

For an executive summary, link to full report and media-package, please go to
bq. This research and present report have been made possible thanks to financial support of the Government of Sweden.