UNLIREC and IMO Cooperate with the Government of Suriname to Improve Maritime and Port Security

As part of its technical assistance package to strengthen the implementation of UNSCR 1540 (2004), the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) partnered with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 7-8 May 2019 to conduct a table top exercise in maritime and port security in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense of Suriname.

The exercise engaged 36 government officials (including the navy, coast guard, maritime police, maritime and port authority) in active discussions around a series of potential threat scenarios and cases presented by IMO and UNLIREC experts, such as illicit trafficking of WMD materials, maritime safety inspections, physical protection of ports and management of hazardous materials.

Participants also addressed issues relating to inter-institutional coordination, adoption of preventive and reactive measures to the mentioned threats, review of existing operating procedures, existing legal framework and mechanisms for establishing roles and responsibilities of relevant institutions.

This tabletop exercise, aimed at addressing obligations on the adoption UNSCR 1540 (2004), according to Suriname´s National Action Plan, which was presented by the country before the 1540 Committee and Group of Experts early this year.

UNLIREC has reaffirmed its commitment to continued collaboration with the Government of Suriname to further strengthen the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) in the country and looks forward to collaborating further with the International Maritime Organization and other agencies to strengthen maritime and port security across the region.

This exercise forms part of UNLIREC’s 1540 assistance package for Latin America and the Caribbean, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.