About the GCTF

The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is an informal, apolitical, multilateral counterterrorism platform. It is small, nimble, inclusive, and consensus-based. Its overarching mission is to reduce the vulnerability of people worldwide to terrorism by mobilizing expertise and resources to prevent, combat, and prosecute terrorist acts and counter incitement and recruitment to terrorism. 

The Forum brings together policymakers and practitioners from around the world to share experiences and expertise, and to develop practical, publicly available tools and strategies on how to prevent and counter the evolving terrorist threat. The GCTF is currently co-chaired by Egypt and the European Union. 

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Building Resilience: Reflections from the GCTF REMVE Toolkit Workshop on Challenges in the Nordic Countries

Building Resilience: Reflections from the GCTF REMVE Toolkit Workshop on Challenges in the Nordic Countries

19-20 June 2024

The Awareness Raising & Operationalizing the GCTF "Racially or Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremism (REMVE)”* Toolkit Initiative leads, the United States and Norway, recently held a two-day workshop, hosted by Norway, 19-20 June 2024, in Oslo and at Utøya, where a far right extremist on 22nd July 2011 conducted domestic terrorist attacks that killed 77 individuals.

The interactive workshop brought a variety of stakeholders together to further enhance the GCTF REMVE Toolkit’s good practices and recommendations. The interactive workshop allowed participants to exchange perspectives on the rapidly evolving REMVE threats conducive to terrorism and draw lessons learned from Nordic countries’ experiences with REMVE.

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Identifying the Key Counterterrorism Capacity Needs in West Africa

Identifying the Key Counterterrorism Capacity Needs in West Africa

11-13 June 2024

The West Africa Capacity-Building Working Group (WA WG) Co-Chairs, Algeria and Germany, hosted the WA WG’s Fifth Plenary Meeting in Cotonou, Benin from 11 to 13 June 2024, with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as their implementing partner. The meeting brought together regional and international partners to consult on the priority areas for counterterrorism capacity-building in the region for the coming two years. Read more »
Exploring Terrorist Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its Impact on Transnational Threats and Unmanned Systems

Exploring Terrorist Use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its Impact on Transnational Threats and Unmanned Systems

11 and 12 June 2024

On 11 and 12 June, the GCTF Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems and New, Emerging, and Disruptive Technologies Initiative held a virtual exploratory dialogue on the terrorist use of AI and its impact on transnational threats and unmanned systems. The dialogue is a foundation to support international partners in their counterterrorism work by increasing understanding of threats and identify appropriate mitigations.

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Experts convene to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between climate change and violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

Experts convene to gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between climate change and violent extremism conducive to terrorism.

4 June 2024

On 4 June, the Initiative Leads, Germany and Kenya, held an interactive virtual workshop with key experts and practitioners to discuss evidence on the nexus between climate fragility and vulnerability NS violent extremism conducive to terrorism.  Read more »
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Insightful conversations with the Inspired Institutions bringing renewed energy to current and new efforts.

Insightful conversations with the Inspired Institutions bringing renewed energy to current and new efforts.

10 October 2023

Recently, the Partnership Dialogue between the GCTF and the GCTF Inspired Institutions – Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF), Hedayah, and the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ) – was held. During the engagement, the organizations examined ways to enhance the value of the Inspired Institutions, create more synergies, garner efficiency in the ways of working for continuous improvement. The conversations also spotlighted the value of the work done by the Inspired Institutions in support of counterterrorism and P/CVE efforts and in support of a stronger Forum. What's more, the engagement explored various avenues to increase the visibility of activities through communication and engagement as well as taking a moment to take stock of joint activities and evolving cooperation.

The Partnership Dialogues are meetings held regularly to enable the entities to come together to discuss the changing terrorism landscape, the needs required to enhance resilience in local communities, and to explore new opportunities of collaboration. The Inspired Institutions lead capacity-building projects worldwide, including North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, Central, South and Southeast Asia. Their work has included implementing GCTF products, and tackling topics such as foreign-terrorist fighters, countering violent extremism, criminal justice and rule of law responses to terrorist acts.

See: https://www.thegctf.org/About-us/Inspired_Institutions

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