As determined at the Seventh GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting in May 2015, the Netherlands assumed the seat held by the United States at the September 2015 Sixth Ministerial Plenary; and Morocco assumed the seat held by Turkey at the Ninth Coordinating Committee Meeting in April 2016.

The September 2017 Twelfth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting decided to extend the mandate of the Co-Chairmanship under Morocco and the Netherlands to continue to serve as the GCTF Co-Chairs for another two-year term. 

The GCTF Co-Chair's 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.

Working Groups

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).

Coordinating Committee

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.