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

UNLIREC and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in collaboration with the Government of Peru, organized a table top exercise aimed at improving maritime and port security. The event brought together 28 representatives from various state entities, who were presented with a series of real scenarios that included situations related to cybersecurity in port areas; aspects related to the physical protection of ports; illicit trafficking of materials of proliferation concern; illicit trafficking of firearms; security-related health crisis; inspections of maritime safety and the management of hazardous materials.

The main objective of the event, which took place on the 18 and 19 of September, was to support the State in the implementation of IMO maritime security measures, including those under the SOLAS Convention and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), in addition to the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 dealing with the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. During the exercises participants had the opportunity to discuss normative frameworks, current procedures, roles and responsibilities as well as the need for intersectoral cooperation in the areas mentioned. As a result, participants drew up a series of conclusions identifying opportunities for improvement.

The activity was the sixth time that UNLIREC worked together with IMO to offer this type of simulation exercises, and forms part of UNLIREC's 1540 Assistance Package, currently being implemented thanks to the financial support of Canada.