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

Workshop on the Life Cycle Toolkit

Workshop on the Life Cycle Toolkit

12 May 2017

WASHINGTON DC - United States - On 12 May 2017, the GCTF Initiative to Address the Life Cycle of Radicalization to Violence (Life Cycle Initiative) co-leads, Turkey and the United States, and George Washington University’s Program on Extremism hosted a practitioner-level workshop to introduce the Life Cycle Initiative and its web-based Toolkit to a wide range of practitioners and implementers.

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Detention and Reintegration Working Group - Workshop on Integrating Prisons into National Counter-Terrorism Arrangements

Detention and Reintegration Working Group - Workshop on Integrating Prisons into National Counter-Terrorism Arrangements

11-12 April 2017

SEMARANG - Indonesia - The GCTF Detention and Reintegration Working Group’s Workshop on “Integrating Prisons into National Counter-Terrorism Arrangements” was hosted by the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation (JCLEC) on 11-12 April 2017, in Semarang, Indonesia.


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Horn of Africa Capacity-Building Working Group - Sixth Plenary Meeting

Horn of Africa Capacity-Building Working Group - Sixth Plenary Meeting

6 April 2017

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia - GCTF Horn of Africa (HOA) Working Group (WG) Co-Chairs, the European Union and Turkey, convened the Sixth Plenary Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 6 April 2017.

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Horn of Africa Working Group - Workshop on the Role of Law Enforcement in Relation to Preventive Actions to Counter Terrorism

Horn of Africa Working Group - Workshop on the Role of Law Enforcement in Relation to Preventive Actions to Counter Terrorism

4-5 April 2017

ADDIS ABABA - Ethiopia - The Workshop on the Role of Law Enforcement in Relation to Preventive Actions to Counter Terrorism to discuss the role of law enforcement in relation to preventive actions to counter terrorism was held back to back with the Horn of Africa Working Group plenary meeting on 4-5 April 2017. 

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Protection of Soft Targets in a Counterterrorism Context Initiative - Workshop

Protection of Soft Targets in a Counterterrorism Context Initiative - Workshop

30-31 March 2017

SINGAPORE - Singapore - Following the Inaugural Meeting of the GCTF Soft Targets Initiative (STI), held in Turkey in December 2016, the First Regional Workshop was convened in Singapore on 30-31 March 2017. 

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