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.

The Lifecycle of Radicalization

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Sixth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting

Sixth GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting

27 September 2015

Sunday 27 September 2015

The meeting featured the establishment of a new “Initiative to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence” and the launch of the International Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Capacity-Building Clearinghouse Mechanism (ICCM).

Members adopted two new GCTF framework documents: (1) the Good Practices on Women and Countering Violent Extremism; and (2) the Addendum to the Algiers Memorandum on Good Practices on Preventing and Denying the Benefits of Kidnapping for Ransom by Terrorists.

Members also announced a number of bilateral and multilateral initiatives. Switzerland announced an initiative focusing on the improvement of the juvenile justice system in a counterterrorism context, which will be launched under the auspices of the GCTF Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group, in collaboration with the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Members reiterated their strong support for the work of the GCTF and took note of its achievements to date, including the adoption and implementation of previous framework documents articulating good practices for civilian counterterrorism practitioners and policy makers. Members also voiced strong support for the three GCTF-inspired institutions: (1) Hedayah in Abu Dhabi; (2) the IIJ in Valletta; and (3) GCERF in Geneva.

Statements by GCTF members and the United Nations touched on a number of common themes, including: (1) acknowledgement of a radically-changing counterterrorism landscape; (2) support for the new initiative on addressing the life cycle of radicalization to violence; (3) support for establishment of the ICCM; (4) the actionable implementation of the GCTF good practices and guidelines; and (5) the importance of maintaining synergy and complementarity between the activities of the GCTF and the UN system.

Members also commended Turkey and the United States as the outgoing Co-Chairs and congratulated the Netherlands and Morocco, as the incoming Co-Chairs of the GCTF, beginning first with the Netherlands, followed by Morocco upon conclusion of the spring 2016 GCTF Coordinating Committee meeting.

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Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group - Plenary Meeting

Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group - Plenary Meeting

NEUCHÂTEL - Switzerland - The Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group (CJ-ROL) will focus on further implementation of good practices highlighted in the Rabat Memorandum. That is one of the strategic outcomes of the Plenary Meeting of this Working Group, held on 3-4 May 2016. 

Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group - Workshop on Identifying and Countering Terrorist Recruiters and Facilitators

Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Group - Workshop on Identifying and Countering Terrorist Recruiters and Facilitators

WASHINGTON D.C. - United States - The Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group convened an expert meeting in Washington on 25-26 April to discuss ways to identify and counter terrorist recruiters and facilitators. 

Ninth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

Ninth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

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.

Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group - Experts Meeting on Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context

Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group - Experts Meeting on Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context

TURIN - Italy – Under the auspices of the GCTF’s Criminal Justice and Rule of Law (CJ-ROL) Working Group, the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ), the Government of Switzerland and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) hosted an experts meeting on Juvenile Justice in a Counterterrorism Context on 16-17 February 2016, in Turin, Italy.

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