About the GCTF

The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) is an informal, apolitical, multilateral counterterrorism platform. It is small, nimble, inclusive, and consensus-based. Its overarching mission is to reduce the vulnerability of people worldwide to terrorism by mobilizing expertise and resources to prevent, combat, and prosecute terrorist acts and counter incitement and recruitment to terrorism. 

The Forum brings together policymakers and practitioners from around the world to share experiences and expertise, and to develop practical, publicly available tools and strategies on how to prevent and counter the evolving terrorist threat. The GCTF is currently co-chaired by Egypt and the European Union. 

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GCTF Co-Chairs highlight the driving role of women in responding to terrorism and violent extremism.

GCTF Co-Chairs highlight the driving role of women in responding to terrorism and violent extremism.

19 September 2023

The GCTF Co-Chairs, Egypt and the European Union, held a side event on the margins of the 22nd Coordinating Committee and 13th Ministerial Meeting to underscore the extraordinary efforts of women in driving peace and innovation to counterterrorism and prevent and counter violent extremism. Read more »
Statement from the Co-Chairs - 22nd GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

Statement from the Co-Chairs - 22nd GCTF Coordinating Committee Meeting

18 September 2023

GCTF Members welcome new members Kenya and Kuwait, agree to reinvigorate the Forum, review its working methods and explore ways to further enhance GCTF resources and actions.  Read more »
The 22nd Coordinating Committee meeting on 18 September welcomed Kenya and Kuwait to the Forum, and focused on community and local action and leadership.

The 22nd Coordinating Committee meeting on 18 September welcomed Kenya and Kuwait to the Forum, and focused on community and local action and leadership.

18 September 2023

The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) held its bi-annual Coordinating Committee Meeting on 18 September 2023 in New York. The Forum welcomed two new members, Kenya and Kuwait, in the first-ever expansion of the Forum since its establishment in 2011. Frontline leaders from Iraq, Kenya and Morocco shared much needed insights on fostering resilience in local communities and in driving positive change. Members launched two pivotal documents strengthening national-local cooperation and promoting the work of local leaders and communities in counterterrorism and preventing and countering of violent extremism (P/CVE).

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UNOCT Expert Briefing on “The GCTF Antalya Memorandum on the Protection of Soft Targets in a Counterterrorism Context: Key Areas of Interest Six Years After its Adoption”

UNOCT Expert Briefing on “The GCTF Antalya Memorandum on the Protection of Soft Targets in a Counterterrorism Context: Key Areas of Interest Six Years After its Adoption”

05 September 2023

Since January 2023, over 40 terrorist attacks have happened against ‘soft’ targets impacting public and private facilities around the world, mostly in Africa and Asia. Building on the previous briefings, this expert briefing focused on assessing the adoption of the good practices of the GCTF Antalya Memorandum six years on. 

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