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-Chairs of the Forum. Canada and Morocco took over as the Co-Chairs of the GCTF at the Tenth Ministerial Plenary Meeting in September 2019 and will serve for a two-year term.
Canada and Morocco presented their Strategic Plan of Action to the GCTF Membership and main partners of the Forum in May 2020. For the next biennium, as Co-Chairs, Canada and Morocco seek to reinforce the Forum’s founding mission of developing practical and effective ways to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism, particularly as their unfortunate impacts and ever-growing list of victims are constant reminders that global efforts to address this challenge must prevail. To achieve this, the Co-Chairs pledge to ensure a constructive balance between continuity and renewal that focuses on the following priorities:
- Working together - Co-Chairs will work to increase the collective engagement of the GCTF Membership, to promote the involvement of non-GCTF member countries in the Forum's activities and to safeguarding the GCTF’s strong and mutually reinforcing partnership with the United Nations;
- Building on success - Co-Chairs will continue to encourage the implementation of the growing body of GCTF framework documents, relying upon the GCTF’s international, regional and sub-regional partners, including the United Nations and the three Inspired Institutions;
- Assessing our impact - Co-Chairs are committed to undertake a study to measure the impact of the Forum’s framework documents on the CT and CVE policies and practices of states, with close collaboration among the Co-Chairs, GCTF Members and partners, and the GCTF Administrative Unit;
- Focusing on Africa - Over the next two years, in an effort to keep the GCTF connected with realities on the ground, the Co-Chairs intend to further emphasize Africa as a cross-cutting theme in GCTF efforts and focus on engaging African leadership and participation;
- GCTF 2021-2023: the next decade - Co-Chairs aim to leverage the GCTF’s current achievements and know-how to ensure the future success of long-term civilian approaches to countering the terrorist threat by exchanging experiences, developing Good Practices, and building capacities;
- Ensuring sustainability - Co-Chairs commit to work to mobilize resources required for the GCTF to remain agile and well-positioned to address new and emerging global counterterrorism challenges.
Previous Co-Chairs of the GCTF, Morocco and the Netherlands served for two consecutive terms, between 2016-2019, and 2015-2019 respectively. The main achievements and key highlights of the Co-Chairmanship of Morocco and the Netherlands is captured in their Legacy Paper, published in September 2019. The Legacy Paper is available in Arabic, English and French.
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 at least once 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.