Maritime Piracy Position Paper

					Committee on Disarmament and Security (DISEC)
Maritime Piracy
West-Windsor Plainsboro High School South
Vyshakh Kodoth, Glenn Harris

         The Federative Republic of Brazil’s stance on several major issues is that of a
forward and progressive mindset. Our stance on the issue of Maritime Piracy is no
exception, and the nation of Brazil strongly believes that a strong and effective approach
towards solving this age-old problem is key in reducing further illegal piracy on the
world’s seas. Dating back to the early 13th century, maritime piracy, defined by the
United Nations Convention on the of Law of the Sea as “any illegal acts of violence or
detention, or any act of depredation, committed for private ends by the crew or the
passengers of a private ship”, has plagued the waters of important routes and has
impacted the economy of trade. Little has been done to eradicate piracy, and it is Brazil’s
goal for this committee to propose solutions in the best interest of safer seas and all
present nations.
         The nation of Brazil has always been considered as a hotspot for pirate activity,
and our ports have often been the targets of several acts of maritime violence.
Furthermore, the close-by Caribbean Islands have witnessed enormous amounts of piracy
for several centuries, affecting trade routes between themselves and nations such as
Brazil. In the past, the nation of Brazil has imposed anti-piracy inspection fees on
berthing vessels and used the proceeds to finance a SWAT team to protect ships and
counter pirates while at port, but further action must be taken. The UN and its nations
must implement more security along important trade routes that can effectively protect all
traveling cargo and passengers from potential harm, while instituting random checks on
all shipments and vessels to counter the risk of maritime piracy.
         Brazil calls on the UN and all nations to enforce stricter policies regarding the
issues of maritime piracy. Our nation will openly welcome proposals to strengthen the
restrictions against nations that repeatedly fail to protect their ships from enemy pirates,
and would also encourage sanctioning governments that deal illegally with pirate
sponsors. Brazil would also like to further stress the importance of implementing more
comprehensive oversight over trade among important routes, and believes that support
from wealthier nations must be called upon. The UN must take a stronger stance in
dealing directly with pirate activity, and sentences and punishments must send a clear
warning to all participants of maritime piracy. We believe a strong message must be sent
to all nations that maritime piracy greatly weakens an important source of trade and travel
and that the potential of businesses and safety of citizens must not subject to encounters
with pirates in this day and age.
         The Federative Republic of Brazil strongly suggests that the aim of this
committee be to create an effective solution that honors and respects the policies of all
member nations while countering the threat of maritime piracy. It is important that this
committee solve the crisis at hand, as it has been a strong factor behind death, theft, and
corruption in the seas for several centuries. The issue of maritime piracy must be solved
comprehensively, and the Federative Republic of Brazil is willing to lead this committee
towards such a solution.

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