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 Canada and Morocco.

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Listen to our podcasts on national CVE strategies and CT responses in the criminal justice sector!

We have created podcasts covering core GCTF Framework Documents. You can now listen to our podcasts explaining the Rabat Memorandum on Good Practices for Effective Counterterrorism Practice in the Criminal Justice Sector and the good practices on developing national CVE strategies.

Four years of GCTF Co-Chairmanship

The Kingdoms of Morocco and the Netherlands published a Legacy Paper of their work within the frameworks of their Co-Chairmanship of the GCTF between 2015 - 2019. The Legacy Paper highlights the former Co-Chairs' main achievements, as well as the strategic priorities of their Co-Chairmanship. 

The Legacy Paper is available in Arabic, English and French.

Ministerial Statements from the Tenth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting

Please see below the Ministerial Statements of GCTF Members, GCTF-Inspired Institutions and the United Nations delivered at the Tenth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting held in New York, United States on 25 September 2019:

Handover of GCTF Co-Chairmanship

The Tenth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting marks the end of two consecutive mandates of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Kingdom of the Netherlands as Co-Chairs of the GCTF. Canada and Morocco will take over the Co-Chairmanship for the upcoming two years.

An Effective Response to the Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTF) Phenomenon

Twelfth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

Twelfth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

18 September 2017

Tuesday 19 September 2017

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 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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