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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Focus points

  • Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law
  • Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) 
  • Detention and Reintegration 
  • Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) 
  • Capacity-building in the East Africa Region
  • Capacity-building in the West Africa Region 

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Initiative to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization

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Twelfth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

Twelfth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

Tuesday 19 September 2017

NEW YORK – United States – On 18 September 2017, the Twelfth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting convened in New York.

Key highlights included an innovative scenario-based discussion that highlighted challenges on the issue of returning foreign terrorist fighters and their families. This interactive session provided opportunity to discuss various national experiences with different interventions, dilemmas and possible solutions.


GCTF Members were presented with the outcomes of two key initiatives, the Strategic Communications Initiative and the Soft Target Protection Initiative.


Working Group Co-Chairs updated members on activities conducted since the last Coordinating Committee Meeting in March 2017 (Zurich, Switzerland) and the three GCTF-inspired institutions – GCERF, Hedayah, and the IIJ – briefed members on their work in implementing and operationalizing the GCTF’s strategic priorities.


Furthermore, GCTF Members decided on new GCTF Working Groups Co-Chairs and the extension of the GCTF Co-Chairs’ Term. Following this, presentations were given by the incoming GCTF Working Group Co-Chairs on their future plans and ambitions regarding the various GCTF Working Groups.

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