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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Horn of Africa Capacity Building Working Group - Plenary Meeting

Horn of Africa Capacity Building Working Group - Plenary Meeting

2 June 2016

Thursday 2 June 2016

The meeting, Co-Chaired by Turkey and the European Union, brought together 70 representatives from GCTF Members, non-members such as Norway and Israel, HOA countries including Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Yemen, United Nations bodies, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the three GCTF-inspired institutions GCERF, Hedayah and IIJ.

Participants discussed the current state of counterterrorism (CT) and countering violent extremism (CVE) initiatives in the region and exchanged views on preventing violent extremism (PVE) and CVE initiatives, taking into account the UN Plan of Action on PVE that the UN briefly presented.

Key themes of the discussion included:

  • Terrorism threat faced by the region.
  • The continued need for coordination of CVE and CT activities and capacity-building programs.
  • Further linking of the GCTF initiatives with the HOA region.
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ABU DHABI - United Arab Emirates – On 23-25 May 2016, 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. 

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THE HAGUE - the Netherlands - The GCTF Coordinating Committee convened for its ninth meeting on 12-13 April 2016. Member States and representatives of the GCTF partner organizations reviewed the Forum’s strategic priorities, considered the ongoing and planned initiatives, and reviewed activities since the previous Coordinating Committee Meeting in New York, held on 25 September 2015.

UN Counter-Terrorism Centre – GCTF Border Security Initiative Regional Workshop on the Horn of Africa

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NAIROBI, Kenya – Under the auspices of the joint United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) – GCTF Border Security Initiative (BSI), the Government of Kenya hosted the first Regional Workshop on the Horn of Africa (HOA), on 3-4 December 2015, in Nairobi.

Eight GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

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NEW YORK - United States - On 26 September 2015, the GCTF Coordinating Committee convened in New York for its eighth meeting. Members reviewed the Forum’s strategic priorities, considered ongoing and planned initiatives, and reviewed activities since the previous GCTF Coordinating Committee meeting held on 6-7 May 2015 in Doha, Qatar.

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