The Global Counter Terrorism Forum


Ministers Support International Cooperation on Counterterrorism Capacity-Building, Upholding the Rule of Law in the Criminal Justice Sector, and Continuing to Counter Violent Extremism 

The GCTF strives to make people everywhere safe from terrorism.  Foreign ministers and other senior officials of the 30 GCTF members and the United Nations met in New York on 27 September 2013 to take important steps towards this goal.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that a core group of government and non-government partners from different regions are planning to establish the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund, the first-ever public-private global fund to support local, grass-roots efforts to counter violent extremism.  It is anticipated that the fund will raise more than $200 million over the next 10 years to support local, anti-terrorist causes.

The GCTF adopted two good practice documents focused on local communities, civil society, and countering violent extremism:  the Good Practices on Community Engagement and Community-Oriented Policing as Tools to Counter Violent Extremism and the Ankara Memorandum on Good Practices for a Multi-Sectoral Approach to Countering Violent Extremism

The GCTF also adopted the Madrid Memorandum on Good Practices for Assistance to Victims of Terrorism Immediately after the Attack and in Criminal Proceedings, which sets forth a non-binding but internationally recognized set of measures states can take to assist victims of terrorist attacks.

In support of the GCTF's strategic priorities, members announced several new initiatives and committed to bilateral and multilateral capacity-building projects that build on the $200 million of programming announced at the three previous ministerial meetings, and pledged their commitment to support the Hedayah Center as well as the establishment of the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law by 2014.  Photo:  From left, Turkish Ambassador Tunç Üğdül, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Ambassador Jerry P. Lanier.  Photo courtesy of Turkish MFA.

To learn more, click on these documents.

►Third Ministerial, 14 December 2012, Abu Dhabi

►Second Ministerial, 7 June 2012, Istanbul

►Launch Event, 22 September 2011, New York

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