The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is an international forum of 29 countries and the European Union with an overarching mission of reducing the vulnerability of people worldwide to terrorism by preventing, combating, and prosecuting terrorist acts and countering incitement and recruitment to terrorism.

Our forum brings together experts and practitioners from countries and regions around the world to share experiences and expertise, and develop tools and strategies on how to counter the evolving terrorist threat. The GCTF is Co-Chaired by Morocco and the Netherlands.

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Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group Plenary Meeting

Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group Plenary Meeting

Wednesday 13 April 2016

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands - The GCTF’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group Co-Chairs, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom (UK), organized the fifth plenary meeting of the Working Group in The Hague, on 13-14 April 2016. Participants discussed the outcome of the Geneva Conference on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) (7-8 April) and the way forward for the Working Group’s activities to best support the United Nations Secretary General’s Plan of Action on PVE.

The meeting also gave participants the opportunity to identify challenges, needs and opportunities in developing national action plans (NAPs) and to agree on the priorities of the Working Group on this subject. Finally, participants reviewed the Working Group’s work plan’s priorities and suggested areas of cooperation (with practitioners’ organizations and/or other GCTF Working Groups), including through concrete commitments for implementation.

Key themes of discussion included:

  • The need to create more synergies among GCTF Working Groups, members and partners (countries and practitioner organizations). Several participants and Working Groups’ Co-Chairs offered to further explore areas of cooperation.
  • Stronger lessons learned processes are needed to design, conduct and implement effective CVE programs.
  • Supporting the development of National Action Plans should be a priority of the CVE Working Group.

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The Role of Family is Critical in Preventing Violent Extremism

The Role of Family is Critical in Preventing Violent Extremism

Families are vital to preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). Under the auspices of the GCTF’s Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Working Group, Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for CVE, hosted a workshop on the P/CVE roles of families. From shaping attitudes toward non-violence to serving as a “front line” actor in identifying signs of possible radicalization to violence, preventing such radicalization’s onset, and intervening in the radicalization process, families represent key, often under-utilized, partners in P/CVE efforts...