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

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

25-26 April 2016

Monday 25 April 2016

The workshop provided the opportunity to discuss counter recruiter and facilitator techniques that comply with the rule of law and human rights.

Key themes of the discussion included:

  • The challenges posed by the disparity in legal systems and requirements between countries should be addressed through further cooperation and improved information exchange channels.
  • Prisons should not solely be seen as incubators of radicalization, as prisons can also serve as platforms for disengagement.
  • Freely available encryption tools pose new challenges for government agencies to disrupt online recruitment.

Based on the outcomes of the expert meeting, the CJ-ROL Working Group Co-Chairs Egypt and the United States drafted a Plan of Action to counter recruiters and facilitators. This Plan of Action will be presented and adopted at the Tenth GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting and the Seventh Ministerial Plenary Meeting in New York in September 2016.

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Seventh GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting

Seventh GCTF Ministerial Plenary Meeting

NEW YORK - United States - 2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF). On 21 September 2016, the Minister Delegate for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, Mr Nasser Bourita, and Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Mr Bert Koenders, co-chaired the Seventh Ministerial Plenary Meeting of the GCTF in New York. The Ministerial Plenary Meeting showcased the action-oriented and strategic nature of the GCTF and provided an opportunity to take stock of the progress achieved since the launch of the Forum, five years ago.

Workshop on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (RFTFs)

Workshop on Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (RFTFs)

TURIN - Italy - The GCTF’s Detention and Reintegration and Criminal Justice and Rule of Law Working Groups and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) teamed up with experts in Turin to discuss the ways forward on the rehabilitation and reintegration of returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters (RFTFs).

Countering Violent Extremism Working Group - The Role of Family is Critical in Preventing Violent Extremism

Countering Violent Extremism Working Group - The Role of Family is Critical in Preventing Violent Extremism

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. 

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. 

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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