At the March 2019 Fifteenth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting, GCTF Members accepted the nomination of Canada and Morocco to take over the mandate of Co-Chairmanship of the Forum. Canada and Morocco took over the Co-Chairmanship of the GCTF at the September 2019 Tenth Ministerial Plenary Meeting in September 2019 and will serve the GCTF as Co-Chairs for a two-year term.
Previous Co-Chairs of the GCTF, Morocco and the Netherlands served for two consecutive terms, with the Netherlands assuming the seat held by the United States in September 2015 and Morocco assuming the seat held by Turkey in April 2016. The Co-Chairmanship of Morocco and the Netherlands was extended at the September 2017 Twelfth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting.
The main achievements and key highlights of the Co-Chairmanship of Morocco and the Netherlands is captured in the Legacy Paper, published in September 2019. The Legacy Paper is available in Arabic, English and French.
The GCTF Co-Chairs' Strategic Plan of Action is based on five strategic priorities (the “5-Rs”):
- Results: enhancing the impact of the GCTF’s work, supporting Members to incorporate the GCTF Framework Documents into their policies, and developing ideas in tandem with practical tools;
- Resources: working to increase Members' mobilization and commitment by multiplying their efforts and contributions to GCTF activities;
- Relations: continuing active outreach and partnerships with non-member states, and seeking creative platforms for cooperation;
- Reinforcement: strengthening the Forum's capacity to supply the appropriate tools to accomplish its objectives; and
- Renewal: consolidating the GCTF's capacity to anticipate trends in the dynamics of terrorist threats and violent extremism.
The GCTF has five Working Groups, three of which are thematic (Countering Violent Extremism; Foreign Terrorist Fighters; and Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law) and two which are focused on regional capacity-building (Capacity-building in the East Africa Region; and Capacity-building in the West Africa Region).
The GCTF’s Coordinating Committee, which meets twice every year, oversees the mandates and activities of the Forum’s five Working Groups, and provides strategic guidance on how best to prioritize GCTF Initiatives and projects in order to address most effectively the evolving terrorist threat and to stay ahead of the curve. Chaired by the GCTF Co-Chairs, the Coordinating Committee consists of all GCTF Members, represented by their national counterterrorism coordinator or other senior counterterrorism (CT) policy-maker.
GCTF Administrative Unit
The GCTF Administrative Unit provides the necessary analytical, administrative, and logistical support to the Coordinating Committee and its Working Groups and Initiatives. It develops, facilitates, and manages the sharing of information between GCTF Members and, as appropriate, other relevant stakeholders of their relevant (national) practices and programs, GCTF Framework Documents, and information regarding GCTF activities. It also coordinates the promotion of GCTF tools with the three GCTF-Inspired Institutions.